frown

verb
\ ˈfrau̇n How to pronounce frown (audio) \
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 How to pronounce frowningly (audio) \ adverb

Noun

frowny \ ˈfrau̇-​nē How to pronounce frowny (audio) \ adjective, informal
a frowny face

Synonyms & Antonyms for frown

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Although the stigma no longer openly exists, many in Germany still implicitly frown upon mothers who work. Isabelle De Pommereau, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why does Germany make so little room for working moms?," 23 Sep. 2020 It’s a die-cast reel (which some picky anglers frown upon), but the components are cast overseas and then machined and assembled in Boise alongside Lamson’s higher-end models. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "The Best Flyfishing Gear for Beginners," 16 Sep. 2020 Some of that might have had to do with the fact that athletes generally frown upon those who speak on another athlete’s financial situation, and Butler had an impending new contract on his agenda. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "After Wolves drama, Jimmy Butler finds vindication and success in Miami," 11 Sep. 2020 That choice may be harder in the grocery scenario, and a court may frown on that, Honig said. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Vacation spots, salons and youth sports leagues want people to sign coronavirus waivers. Here's what to know," 15 Aug. 2020 Knocking on doors — once a staple of signature gathering — is frowned upon these days. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus plans, Evers' polling bump, missing absentee ballots," 19 May 2020 Inspired by a trip that Mnouchkine and the academic and playwright Hélène Cixous took to Khmer refugee camps at the country’s border in the early 1980s, this historical drama might be frowned upon if it were written today. Laura Cappelle, New York Times, "Ariane Mnouchkine: Half a Century Building Utopia," 14 May 2020 While the order specifically exempts activities like walking and hiking for physical health, recreational travel is frowned upon by state and federal officials across the region. oregonlive, "Hood River tells visitors to stay home as sunny weather arrives," 10 Apr. 2020 Too much television is frowned upon -- and too little television leaves kids complaining. cleveland, "Boredom busters for families staying home during COVID-19 pandemic," 28 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rock went best with a frown or a scowl: serious business. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Van Halen’s Sound of Sex," 6 Oct. 2020 Daniels wore a Philadelphia folk festival T-shirt, his hair every which way, his face relaxing into a frown. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘The Comey Rule’: Why Watching Jeff Daniels Ruined James Comey’s Day," 23 Sep. 2020 Our heads are all tilted upward, our eyes squinting to keep sight of a tiny black dot—a small helium balloon released a few moments ago by Mark West, a tall, silver-haired fellow whose usual easy smile has turned to a tight-lipped frown. Bill Newcott, National Geographic, "The birthplace of the space age isn’t where you think," 22 Sep. 2020 Pretty deep frown considering her last album, 2017's Witness, debuted at No. 1 with 180,000 equivalent album units. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Katy Perry's 'Smile' Debuts at No. 5 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 9 Sep. 2020 The expression on his face was a mix of conspiratorial frown and sheepishness. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Cutthroat Trout Stream in America," 1 June 2020 Both sides’ beefs are enough to paint a frown on the face of the perpetually beaming Jack in the Box pitchman clown. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Jack in the Box, banished San Antonio operator battle in court," 26 Mar. 2020 Some joke about it; some frown and don’t want to discuss it. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Fear and Face Masks on the Front Row," 10 Mar. 2020 Your cheerful, enthusiastic attitude can turn every frown upside down in the upcoming week. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 5, 2020: Virgo, buy something awesome; Sagittarius, listen to wise guidance," 5 Apr. 2020

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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 and Noun

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

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Time Traveler for frown

Time Traveler

The first known use of frown was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

27 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frown. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for frown

frown

verb
How to pronounce frown (audio)

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 How to pronounce frown (audio) \
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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