Definition of scowl in English:

scowl

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Pronunciation: /skaʊl
 
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noun

  • An angry or bad-tempered expression: she stamped into the room with a scowl on her face
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    • When he saw that she was examining him, his neutral expression turned into a scowl.
    • Twelve guards entered the room, scowls and sneers on their faces.
    • Number one rule; never smile at your opponent; scowls and grimaces are the order of the day.
    Synonyms
    frown, glower, glare, grimace, black look
    informal dirty look
    Scottish archaic glunch

verb

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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.
    Synonyms
    glower, frown, glare, lour, look daggers at, look angrily at, give someone a black look; make a face, pull a face, turn the corners of one's mouth down, pout
    informal give someone a dirty look
    archaic mop and mow, glout
    Scottish archaic glunch

Derivatives

scowler

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.’

Origin

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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