verb \ˈska(-ə)l\

: to look at someone or something in a way that shows anger or disapproval

Full Definition of SCOWL

intransitive verb
:  to contract the brow in an expression of displeasure
:  to exhibit a threatening aspect
transitive verb
:  to express with a scowl
scowl·er noun
scowl·ing·ly \ˈska-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of SCOWL

  1. <scowled down at the misbehaving child>

Origin of SCOWL

Middle English skoulen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan skule to scowl
First Known Use: 14th century

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: an expression on someone's face that shows anger or disapproval

Full Definition of SCOWL

:  a facial expression of displeasure :  frown

Examples of SCOWL

  1. The teacher gave me a scowl when I walked in late.
  2. She responded to his question with a scowl.

First Known Use of SCOWL

circa 1520

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Rhymes with SCOWL


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