scowl

verb
\ˈskau̇(-ə)l \
scowled; scowling; scowls

Definition of scowl 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to contract the brow in an expression of displeasure

2 : to exhibit a threatening aspect

transitive verb

: to express with a scowl

scowl

noun

Definition of scowl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a facial expression of displeasure : frown

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Other Words from scowl

Verb

scowler noun
scowlingly \ˈskau̇-liŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for scowl

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Noun

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

Antonyms: Verb

beam, grin, smile

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Examples of scowl in a Sentence

Verb

scowled down at the misbehaving child

Noun

The teacher gave me a scowl when I walked in late. She responded to his question with a scowl.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Moriah said again, because now the woman at the next table had set down her newspaper and was openly staring and scowling in their direction. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "The ‘Treasonous’ Teens Living in One Nation Under Guns," 30 May 2018 But cannibals capture her and plan to keep the cure for themselves, unless she is rescued by our hero, played by a muscle-bound, scowling Jean-Claude Van Damme armed with a sabre. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 2 May 2018 Moriah said again, because now the woman at the next table had set down her newspaper and was openly staring and scowling in their direction. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After school shootings, a teenager challenges the gun culture in her conservative Wyoming town," 18 May 2018 Johnson’s scowling face stares down an unknown opponent. Nick Powell, San Antonio Express-News, "Galveston native Jack Johnson gets long-awaited presidential pardon," 25 May 2018 Connor scowled and walked out the door to his next class. BostonGlobe.com, "Raising Connor," 4 May 2018 Who is that scowling man wearing a military uniform from days of yore? Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "From General Belichick to pot leaves, a local painter finds his Zen on canvas," 24 Apr. 2018 Pity the Purdue legend who’s quote follows Keady, because the sight of Keady scowling from the giant scoreboard causes an ovation that drowns out whoever is speaking next. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Gene Keady legend grows as Bob Knight’s continues to shrink," 23 Mar. 2018 Kiril was afraid he would be forced into a pair with Arthur, who continued scowling at his phone long after class had resumed. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Intermediate Class," 24 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the show, though, June is so special that her scowl might as well be on the currency for the revolution. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Is Brutal and Not Much Else," 11 July 2018 Four years after the Summer of Love, Clint Eastwood arrived in San Francisco with a scowl, a .44 Magnum and some ghastly interrogation techniques. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: Fireworks and ‘Captain America’," 4 July 2018 Buy Photo As the heat index peaked at 106 Tuesday, the hottest day so far this year, strangers at unshaded crosswalks exchanged anguished scowls. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "While you're chillin' out on the 4th, these workers will be sizzling," 3 July 2018 Khloé Kardashian‘s 8-week-old daughter is too cute in a pair of snapshots the reality star posted to Instagram Wednesday, showing her baby girl flashing a tiny scowl at the camera. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Her True Feelings! Khloé Kardashian's 8-Week-Old Daughter Flashes Adorable Scowl in New Photo," 13 June 2018 Freda Black, the original prosecutor, wears Laura Ashley dresses and a permanent scowl. refinery29.com, "Candace Zamperini Is The Staircase's Most Polarizing Figure," 15 June 2018 His dealer picked up Lindell's phone and snapped a photo of the addict's face - walking dead skin tone, disheveled hair, mug shot scowl. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Of course the MyPillow guy has a story -- and it's wilder than you think," 8 Apr. 2018 His dealer picked up Lindell's phone and snapped a photo of the addict's face - walking dead skin tone, disheveled hair, mug shot scowl. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Of course the MyPillow guy has a story -- and it's wilder than you think," 8 Apr. 2018 His customary look is a scowl, and fellow Texan Jordan Spieth is infinitely more popular. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Patrick Reed, fueled by doubters, wins the Masters by a stroke over Rickie Fowler," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of scowl

Verb

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

Noun

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scowl

Verb

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

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More Definitions for scowl

scowl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scowl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scowl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scowl (Entry 2 of 2)

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

scowl

verb
\ˈskau̇l \
scowled; scowling

Kids Definition of scowl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a look that shows anger

2 : to say with an angry look

scowl

noun

Kids Definition of scowl (Entry 2 of 2)

: an angry look

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