frown

1 of 2

verb

frowned; frowning; frowns

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 errorNoah Webster
frowner noun
frowningly adverb

frown

2 of 2

noun

1
: an expression of displeasure
2
: a wrinkling of the brow in displeasure or concentration
frowny adjective informal
a frowny face

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
There are no TVs here and screen time is frowned upon. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2024 For most of American history, gambling was generally frowned upon, assumed to sully the integrity of the sports on which people wagered and the souls of the gamblers themselves. Christine Emba, The Atlantic, 8 July 2024
Noun
The first trailer for Smile 2 is turning horror fans' frowns upside down. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 18 June 2024 Audiences are getting ready to turn their frowns upside down once again with the teaser trailer for Smile 2 from Paramount Pictures. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for frown 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near frown

Cite this Entry

“Frown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frown. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

frown

1 of 2 verb
1
: to wrinkle the forehead (as in anger or thought)
2
: to show displeasure or disapproval by or as if by facial expression
frowns on rudeness
frowner noun
frowningly adverb

frown

2 of 2 noun
1
: an expression of displeasure
2
: a wrinkling of the brow in displeasure or thought

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