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.
- scowler, noun
- scowlful, adjective
- scowl·ing·ly, adverb
- un·scowl·ing, adjective
- un·scowl·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use scowl in a sentence
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 | Marcus Baram | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase seemed to be the only banker scowling in the Alps this week.Political Tensions Takes Center Stage at World Economic Forum | Daniel Gross | January 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I love the rainy windy days of fall when thousands of crows populate the near landscape, cawing and scowling.
"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 | Mike Giglio | July 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was like the whole world was scowling at her, not just Grandma.
William Weedham brought scowling eyes to focus upon Kip Burland.
At sight of Marius, who stood arrested, scowling villainously upon the pair, the fire died suddenly from his glance.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Presently he drove away, leaving Mr. Bowman on the veranda of the hotel, scowling and uttering words of strength and meaning.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
He looked up into Blake's flushed and scowling face with the sweetest and most innocent of smiles.Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
He pulled his heavy sweater down off a nail and put it on, scowling because the sleeves had to be pulled in place on his arms.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for scowl
(intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
a gloomy or threatening expression
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