- to draw down or contract the brows in a sullen, displeased, or angry manner.
- to have a gloomy or threatening look.
- to affect or express with a scowl.
- a scowling expression, look, or aspect.
Origin of scowl
SynonymsSee more synonyms for scowl on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for scowling
Gil turned and saw Muhammad Ali stride out of the stage entrance, smiling and scowling at the same time.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
I love the rainy windy days of fall when thousands of crows populate the near landscape, cawing and scowling.How I Write: Erik Larson Revisits ‘Isaac’s Storm’
October 31, 2012
"He hovers over the proceedings like a scowling ghost," wrote Luke Harding, a correspondent for the Guardian.Oligarch v. Oligarch: London's Courts Attract Litigious Tycoons
July 23, 2012
It was like the whole world was scowling at her, not just Grandma."Patriots" Goes Live Today
April 30, 2012
A moment later I saw my scowling taxi driver darting toward the ticket booth with a companion, a portly man in a checked shirt.I Got Arrested by the Secret Police
September 17, 2011
I can see him yet, scowling at me and whirling the loop over his head ready to throw.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Then he looked at the black-browed, scowling woman, and his look was very kind.The Incomplete Amorist
Presently, scowling over her work, she began muttering to herself.The Harbor
He was scowling at me in an instant with all his old ferocity.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
They dispersed laughing and followed by O'Moy's scowling eyes.The Snare
- (intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
- a gloomy or threatening expression
Word Origin and History for scowling
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.
c.1500, from scowl (v.).