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frown

verb \ ˈfrau̇n \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of frown

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

frowner

noun

frowningly

play \ˈfrau̇-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of frown in a Sentence

  1. She was frowning when she entered the room, so I knew that she was annoyed about something.

  2. the boss just stood there and frowned at his assistant who, once again, was in trouble

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Origin and Etymology of frown

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

frown Synonyms

Synonyms
glare, gloom, glower, lower (also lour), scowl, look daggers (or stare daggers)
Antonyms
beam, grin, smile
Related Words
gape, gaze, ogle, stare; grimace, pout, sulk; growl, snarl, sneer, snigger

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frown

noun

Definition of frown

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

frowny

play \ˈfrau̇-nē\ adjective, informal
    • a frowny face

Examples of frown in a Sentence

  1. it was clear from the frown on the CEO's face that sales were headed in the wrong direction

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Origin and Etymology of frown

see 1frown

frown Synonyms

Synonyms
face, grimace, lower (also lour), moue, mouth, mow, mug, pout, scowl, snoot
Related Words
flinch, squinch, wince; growl, snarl; rictus, simper, smirk; scoff, sneer; glare, glower, look, stare
Near Antonyms
grin, laugh, smile


FROWN Defined for English Language Learners

frown

verb

Definition of frown for English Language Learners

  • : to make a frown in anger, concentration, etc.


frown

noun

Definition of frown for English Language Learners

  • : a serious facial expression that usually shows anger, displeasure, or concentration


FROWN Defined for Kids

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frown

verb \ ˈfrau̇n \

Definition of frown for Students

frowned; frowning
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

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frown

noun

Definition of frown for Students

: a serious facial expression that shows anger, unhappiness, or deep thought


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