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scowl

[ skoul ]
/ skaʊl /
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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.

noun

a scowling expression, look, or aspect.

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Nearby words

scouthood, scouting, scoutingly, scoutmaster, scow, scowl, scowler, scozza, scp, scpo, scqf

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
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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)

scowler

/ (ˈskaʊlə) /

noun

a person who scowls
Northern English dialect a hooligan

British Dictionary definitions for scowler (2 of 2)

scowl

/ (skaʊl) /

verb

(intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner

noun

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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