Definition of scowl in English:


Syllabification: scowl
Pronunciation: /skoul



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  • Frown in an angry or bad-tempered way: she scowled at him defiantly
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    • She met Jack outside Lizzi's bedroom door and found his face to be angry, he was scowling at her.
    • Keo frowned and moved towards her, but she scowled and backed up, keeping out of his reach.
    • A typical boy, my little Maddy is now scowling at me every time I mention his resounding defeat.
    glower at, frown at, glare at, grimace at, lower at, look daggers at, give someone a black look; make a face at, pull a face, turn the corners of one's mouth down at, pout at
    informal give someone a dirty look



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  • Either way, give me this lot over a bunch of monosyllabic scowlers any day.
  • She might attempt a direct encounter and offer the scowler a ‘How are you?‘and a smile.’


late Middle English (as a verb): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish skule 'scowl'. The noun dates from the early 16th century.

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