I. verb Etymology: Middle English frounen, from Middle French frogner to snort, frown, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh ffroen nostril, Old Irish srón nose Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to contract the brow in displeasure or concentration 2. to give evidence of displeasure or disapproval by or as if by facial expression <
critics frown on the idea
transitive verb to show displeasure with or disapproval of especially by facial expression • frowner nounfrowningly adverb II. noun Date: 1581 1. an expression of displeasure 2. a wrinkling of the brow in displeasure or concentration

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  • Frown — (froun), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Frowned} (fround); p. pr. & vb. n. {Frowning}.] [OF. froignier, F. frogner, in se refrogner, se renfrogner, to knit the brow, to frown; perh. of Teutonic origin; cf. It. in frigno wrinkled, frowning, Prov. It.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frown — vb Frown, scowl, glower, lower, gloom are comparable when they mean to put on a dark or malignant countenance or aspect. Frown commonly implies a stern face and contracted brows that express displeasure, disapprobation, anger, or contempt {that… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Frown — Frown, v. t. To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look; as, frown the impudent fellow into silence. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frown — frown·er; frown·ing·ly; frown; …   English syllables

  • Frown — Frown, n. 1. A wrinkling of the face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a sour, severe, or stern look; a scowl. [1913 Webster] His front yet threatens, and his frowns command. Prior. [1913 Webster] Her very frowns are fairer far Than smiles of other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frown — [v1] scowl cloud up*, do a slow burn*, give a dirty look*, give the evil eye*, glare, gloom, glower, grimace, knit brows*, look black*, look daggers*, look stern*, lower, pout, sulk; concept 185 Ant. grin, smile frown [v2] disapprove deprecate,… …   New thesaurus

  • frown — ► VERB 1) furrow one s brows in an expression indicating disapproval, displeasure, or concentration. 2) (frown on/upon) disapprove of. ► NOUN ▪ an expression of this type. DERIVATIVES frowning adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • frown — (informal) (See smiles, frowns, and upside downs) …   Glossary of postal terms

  • frown — [froun] vi. [ME frounen < OFr frognier < froigne, sullen face < Gaul * frogna, nostrils, akin to OIr srón, nose] 1. to contract the brows, as in displeasure or concentrated thought 2. to look with displeasure or disapproval (on or upon)… …   English World dictionary

  • frown — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deep, heavy ▪ faint, little, slight, small, tiny ▪ confused …   Collocations dictionary

  • frown — 01. The teacher [frowned] when the student told her he had forgotten his homework. 02. The child had a big [frown] on his face when he walked off the field. 03. The weather seems to be [frowning] on our plans for a picnic this weekend. 04. The… …   Grammatical examples in English

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