Definition of scowl in English:

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Pronunciation: /skaʊl/


An angry or bad-tempered expression: she stamped into the room with a scowl on her face
More example sentences
  • 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.
frown, glower, glare, grimace, black look
informal dirty look, death stare
Scottish archaic glunch


[no object]
Frown in an angry or bad-tempered way: she scowled at him defiantly
More example sentences
  • 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, 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, give someone a death stare
archaic mop and mow, glout
Scottish archaic glunch



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.’


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

Words that rhyme with scowl

afoul, befoul, cowl, foul, fowl, growl, howl, jowl, owl, prowl, Rabaul, yowl

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