verb \ˈfran\

: to make a frown in anger, concentration, etc.

Full Definition of FROWN

intransitive verb
:  to contract the brow in displeasure or concentration
:  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
frown·er noun
frown·ing·ly \ˈfra-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of FROWN

  1. She was frowning when she entered the room, so I knew that she was annoyed about something.
  2. <the boss just stood there and frowned at his assistant who, once again, was in trouble>

Origin of FROWN

Middle English frounen, from Middle French frogner to snort, frown, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh ffroen nostril, Old Irish srón nose
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to FROWN

glare, gloom, glower, lower (also lour), scowl, look daggers (or stare daggers)
beam, grin, smile

Rhymes with FROWN



: a serious facial expression that usually shows anger, displeasure, or concentration

Full Definition of FROWN

:  an expression of displeasure
:  a wrinkling of the brow in displeasure or concentration

Examples of FROWN

  1. <it was clear from the frown on the CEO's face that sales were headed in the wrong direction>

First Known Use of FROWN


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