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

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

Synonyms: Noun

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

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

Many investors frown on additional stock issuances because that can dilute the value of existing shares. The Motley Fool, The Seattle Times, "The Motley Fool: Explaining negative amortization," 18 May 2019 That’s why medicine cabinets are generally frowned upon for toothbrush storage. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What's the Most Sanitary Way to Store Your Toothbrush?," 29 Mar. 2019 Her breasts droop; her navel frowns; her ankles bulge; her shoulders slump. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Though overt proselytizing at the parliament is frowned upon, traditionalists nonetheless have an important role in shaping this different and more diffuse religious future. Gordon Mehler, WSJ, "Common Ground for a Wiccan and a Rabbi?," 1 Nov. 2018 Simply encouraging Paul to expand his emotional repertoire, articulate his feelings, form strong friendships, empathize with others — all things girls have long been socialized to do — were frowned on. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Studies Show Boys Who Are Close to Their Mothers Do Better, Physically and Psychologically," 30 Apr. 2019 Even if Perry never has to argue in front of O’Neill, appellate judges might frown on any judicial complaint that is not substantive, Filler said. Graham Bowley, The Seattle Times, "Bill Cosby, appealing conviction, hires 12th firm and 20th lawyer," 22 Oct. 2018 On a scale of 1 to 10, Kell rated her discomfort a 9, which on the pain chart is one spot away from the frowning face with a teardrop on its cheek. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Native Youth Olympics brings the pain while honoring a culture," 27 Apr. 2018 Leis, who appears standing in the middle of her farming plot, her frowning face looking away from the camera and blond hair held by a diadem, has many fans now. Aritz Parra, chicagotribune.com, "For female Trump lookalike, crops mean more than social media fame," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photos show a sullen-looking Trump standing next to the queen, hands at his side, a frown on his face. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Analysis: What’s with Trump’s suits? Asking a tailor," 4 June 2019 There is sure to be something on this list that can turn any frown upside down. Teen Vogue, "How to Cheer Someone Up," 3 May 2019 There are over 1,000 distinct kinds of frowns on display, from rakish to tragic, ironic to crushed. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Is Very Good. And Scandalous.," 28 June 2018 With these unnecessary comments, Alex Miescher has caused a lot of frowns, and also much disappointment. SI.com, "Granit Xhaka Hits Out at Swiss FA Following Controversial Comments on Dual Nationality," 8 July 2018 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

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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 Celt origin; akin to Welsh ffroen nostril, Old Irish srón nose

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Dictionary Entries near frown

froward

Froward, Cape

frower

frown

frown on/upon

frowst

frowsty

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

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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 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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