frown on/upon

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of frown on/upon

:to disapprove of (something)
  • The company frowns on dating among employees.
  • Public expressions of affection are frowned upon in many cultures.

Word by Word Definitions

frown play
  1. : to contract the brow in displeasure or concentration

  2. : to give evidence of displeasure or disapproval by or as if by facial expression

  3. : to show displeasure with or disapproval of especially by facial expression

  1. : an expression of displeasure

  2. : a wrinkling of the brow in displeasure or concentration

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up frown on/upon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!