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

But the practice is frowned upon by many doctors and some others who say it should be reserved for the terminally ill. Philipp Jenne, chicagotribune.com, "104-year-old Australian scientist dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland," 10 May 2018 Arranged marriages in India have a lower divorce rate than American marriages, though that could be partly because divorce is generally frowned on in more traditional cultures. Palak Patel, BostonGlobe.com, "Forget Tinder. Arranged marriage is better than swiping right," 26 June 2018 Some, like Liuzhou, in the south, carve their rocks, which purists like Mr. Jiang frown on. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "If You’re Collecting Rocks, Might as Well Find Ones That Look Like Meat," 13 May 2018 Taking painkillers is frowned upon because of the opioid crisis. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County family provides support for sickle cell disease patients," 11 July 2018 To some, this whole idea of confronting public officials in public is off-putting and, certainly, would have been strictly frowned upon in more cultured times. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Eat at home, McConnell, until you're ready to listen to all the people," 10 July 2018 The practice is frowned upon by many doctors and others who say it should be reserved for the terminally ill. Washington Post, "Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland," 12 May 2018 Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, but frowned upon by many doctors and some others who say it should be reserved for the terminally ill. Philipp Jenne, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Scientist, 104, who was looking forward to death dies in assisted suicide," 10 May 2018 The Lenten rituals are frowned upon by church leaders in the Philippines, Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation, especially if the events are used to boost tourism and business. Time, "Catholic Devotees Were Nailed to Crosses for Good Friday in the Philippines," 30 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Bongwan, his mouth alternating between a deep frown and an anxious half-smile, claims our attention as if he were entitled to it. New York Times, "Review: ‘The Day After’ and the Awkwardness of Lunch With the Boss," 9 May 2018 But there were more smiles than frowns after the round, no rage to speak of. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods misses good birdie chances but claws his way to even-par round at Wells Fargo," 3 May 2018 Now Brooklyn Department of Economic Development Director Andi Udris said that frown has been turned upside down with numerous companies moving in. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Brooklyn touts rebirth of former American Greetings site with Inogen expansion," 6 Apr. 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

Phrases Related to frown

frown on/upon

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18 Sep 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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