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scowl

verb \ ˈskau̇(-ə)l \
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of scowl

scowled; scowling; scowls
1 : to contract the brow in an expression of displeasure
2 : to exhibit a threatening aspect
: to express with a scowl

scowler

noun

scowlingly

play \ˈskau̇-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of scowl in a Sentence

  1. scowled down at the misbehaving child

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Origin and Etymology of scowl

Middle English skoulen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish skule to scowl

scowl Synonyms

Synonyms

frown, glare, gloom, glower, lower (also lour);

Antonyms

beam, grin, smile;

Related Words

gape, gaze, ogle, stare;

grimace, pout, sulk;

growl, snarl, sneer, snigger;

Phrases

look daggers (or stare daggers);


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scowl

noun

Definition of scowl

: a facial expression of displeasure : frown

Examples of scowl in a Sentence

  1. The teacher gave me a scowl when I walked in late.

  2. She responded to his question with a scowl.

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First Known Use of scowl

circa 1520

in the meaning defined above

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scowl Synonyms

Synonyms

face, frown, grimace, lower (also lour), mouth, mug, pout;

Near Antonyms

grin, laugh, smile;


SCOWL Defined for English Language Learners

scowl

Definition of scowl for English Language Learners

  • : to look at someone or something in a way that shows anger or disapproval


scowl

Definition of scowl for English Language Learners

  • : an expression on someone's face that shows anger or disapproval


SCOWL Defined for Kids

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scowl

verb \ ˈskau̇l \

Definition of scowl for Students

scowled; scowling
1 : to make a look that shows anger
2 : to say with an angry look

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scowl

noun

Definition of scowl for Students

: an angry look


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