[ skoul ]
/ skaʊl /
verb (used without object)
to draw down or contract the brows in a sullen, displeased, or angry manner.
to have a gloomy or threatening look.
verb (used with object)
to affect or express with a scowl.
a scowling expression, look, or aspect.
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Origin of scowl
1300–50; Middle English scoulen (v.); perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to scowl, Norwegian skule to look furtively, though these may be < Low German schūlen to spy
scowl·er, nounscowl·ful, adjectivescowl·ing·ly, adverbun·scowl·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for scowler
Scowler was obliged to own that Mr. Newcome had considerable talent, and a good knack at catching a likeness.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for scowler (1 of 2)
/ (ˈskaʊlə) /
a person who scowls
Northern English dialect a hooligan
British Dictionary definitions for scowler (2 of 2)
/ (skaʊl) /
(intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
a gloomy or threatening expression
Word Origin for scowl
C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to look down, Old English scūlēgede squint-eyed
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