frown

verb
\ˈfrau̇n \
frowned; frowning; frowns

Definition of frown 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to contract the brow in displeasure or concentration frowned in anger

2 : 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 I will be neither frowned nor ridiculed into error— Noah Webster

frown

noun

Definition of frown (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an expression of displeasure

2 : a wrinkling of the brow in displeasure or concentration

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Other Words from frown

Verb

frowner noun
frowningly \ ˈfrau̇-​niŋ-​lē \ adverb

Noun

frowny \ ˈfrau̇-​nē \ adjective informal
a frowny face

Synonyms & Antonyms for frown

Synonyms: Verb

glare, gloom, glower, lower (also lour), scowl

Synonyms: Noun

face, grimace, lower (also lour), mouth, mug, pout, scowl

Antonyms: Verb

beam, grin, smile

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Examples of frown in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

it was clear from the frown on the CEO's face that sales were headed in the wrong direction
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Such as a user picked up this product and frowned and didn’t buy it. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 Economists are inclined to frown on the strategy of dumping giant piles of government money onto budding technologies that are in need of scaling up. David Roberts, Vox, "China made solar panels cheap. Now it’s doing the same for electric buses.," 24 July 2018 For-profit ventures like this used to be frowned upon in public parks. New York Times, "New Parks Sprout Around New York," 8 June 2018 But the practice is frowned upon by many doctors and some others who say it should be reserved for the terminally ill. Washington Post, "Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland," 12 May 2018 The host particularly frowned upon the pungent and sugary food found in the couple's fridge. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018 But when a woman stands upon the level of equality and attempts to lift this sort of admirer to her own noble plane, this champion quickly ...drops his mask of chivalry, and frowns upon her. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 Sophie’s strategy back then was to hover near the ball, frowning at it with concern, but to leave the actual, physical kicking of the ball up to the other players. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Dave Barry: On Father's Day, don't forget the soccer dads — or their 'warrior' daughters," 14 June 2018 The Houston-Galveston Area Council will stage a March 15 meeting in Pearland on a topic that makes many area residents frown - Traffic issues. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "March 15 meeting to cover most-hated traffic tangle in Pearland, other transportation issues," 4 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Botox paralyzes facial muscles, such as those that cause frown lines, in order to soften wrinkles. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Many investors rely on the transparency of regular disclosure and crave more—even if some investors with a longer view frown at the short-term focus. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Trump Asks SEC to Study Six-Month Reporting for Public Companies," 17 Aug. 2018 Everyone starts with one unique special ability, a small handful of basic resources, and a great big frown at the mental activity required just to get started. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas," 14 July 2018 The rich frown differently than the poor do, just one among many subtle differences that create the parallel narrative of class conflict that runs alongside the story of gay liberation. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Is Very Good. And Scandalous.," 28 June 2018 The frowns on the faces of the people wore you down. Bob Blaisdell, The Christian Science Monitor, "'A Terrible Country' follows an ex-pat who returns to experience life in Russia," 11 July 2018 When none of her friends could come to Larriah Binns’s birthday party on Saturday, a Maine police department stepped in to turn her frown upside down. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "Augusta police throw 8-year-old a surprise birthday party," 9 July 2018 David Beckham entered the room not to outright booing Thursday evening, as some had predicted, but to a sort of collective grunting murmur and frowns. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 2018 If a woman gets 10 units of Botox, a man will get two units just to get rid of the central frown line. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Derm-to-the-Stars Harold Lancer Says Big Butts Are Out, Lifted Nose Tips Are In," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of frown

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frown

Verb

Middle English frounen, from Middle French frogner to snort, frown, of Celt origin; akin to Welsh ffroen nostril, Old Irish srón nose

Noun

see frown entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near frown

froward

Froward, Cape

frower

frown

frown on/upon

frowst

frowsty

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13 Nov 2018

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More Definitions for frown

frown

verb

English Language Learners Definition of frown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

frown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of frown (Entry 2 of 2)

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

frown

verb
\ˈfrau̇n \
frowned; frowning

Kids Definition of frown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to have a serious facial expression (as in anger or thought)

2 : to look with disapproval … Jo frowned upon the whole project and would have nothing to do with it …— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

frown

noun

Kids Definition of frown (Entry 2 of 2)

: a serious facial expression that shows anger, unhappiness, or deep thought

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