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scowl

[skoul]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to draw down or contract the brows in a sullen, displeased, or angry manner.
  2. to have a gloomy or threatening look.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to affect or express with a scowl.
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsscowl·er, nounscowl·ful, adjectivescowl·ing·ly, adverbun·scowl·ing, adjectiveun·scowl·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. frown, lower, glare. 2. glower, gloom.
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Historical Examples

  • 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

scowler

noun
  1. a person who scowls
  2. Northern English dialect a hooligan
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scowl

verb
  1. (intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
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noun
  1. a gloomy or threatening expression
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Word Origin

C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to look down, Old English scūlēgede squint-eyed
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Word Origin and History for scowler

scowl

v.

mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skule "look furtively, squint, look embarrassed," Danish skule "to scowl, cast down the eyes"). Probably related to Old English sceolh "wry, oblique," Old High German scelah "curved," German scheel "squint-eyed;" from PIE root *sqel- "crooked, curved, bent." Related: Scowled; scowling.

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scowl

n.

c.1500, from scowl (v.).

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