Definition of frown in English:

frown

Syllabification: frown
Pronunciation: /froun
 
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verb

[no object]
1Furrow one’s brow in an expression of disapproval, displeasure, or concentration: he frowned as he reread the letter
More example sentences
  • He had a very heavy brow that always made him appear as though he were frowning.
  • The innkeeper raised his brow in question, and he was frowning as he shook his head.
  • The songs are irritatingly infectious with enough angst to keep the moodiest teenagers frowning.
Synonyms
scowl, glower, glare, lower, make a face, look daggers, give someone a black look; knit/furrow one's brows
informal give someone a dirty look
1.1 (frown on/upon) Disapprove of: the old Russian rural system frowned on private enterprise
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  • On the other hand, boys and girls and young men and women are clearly disenchanted with a system that frowns upon spontaneity.
  • Asia is home to many great cuisines, yet the masters of the region's kitchens have in the past preferred to stay out of the limelight, thanks to Confucian modesty and an apprenticeship system that frowns on publicity seeking.
  • For example, the old church seemed to frown upon the system of concerts of live music as a way of praying.
Synonyms
disapprove of, view with disfavor, dislike, look askance at, not take kindly to, take a dim view of, take exception to, object to, have a low opinion of

noun

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A facial expression or look characterized by a furrowing of one’s brows: a frown of disapproval
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  • A slight frown creased her brow but disappeared almost as soon as it had come.
  • A worried frown creased the cook's face as soon as little Alissa was gone.
  • Grace stood in the doorway, a worried frown creasing her smooth, pale forehead.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French froignier, from froigne 'surly look', of Celtic origin.

Derivatives

frowner

noun
More example sentences
  • He might have been the frowner last time, but he was secretly enjoying every minute.
  • Just as you need to be patient with yourself, you need to be a bit patient with the frowners in your new community.
  • The students felt the smilers were calmer, smarter, more sincere, kinder, and more sympathetic than frowners.

frowningly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Nell and Claude stared at Joel's back as he moved away, Nell thoughtfully, Claude frowningly.
  • He looks frowningly at the slovenly conditions of the place and its inhabitants.
  • The supervisor looks frowningly at the robot who looks and sounds ashamed.

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