scowl

1 of 2

verb

scowled; scowling; scowls

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
scowler noun
scowlingly adverb

scowl

2 of 2

noun

: a facial expression of displeasure : frown

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Somewhere Luke Walton is sighing, and Frank Vogel is scowling, and Darvin Ham is giggling. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024 The 30-second spot, which will air in battleground states throughout the rest of June, trades clips of a smiling Biden greeting voters with shots of Trump scowling in court. Will McDuffie, ABC News, 17 June 2024
Noun
The justice, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama, has drawn scowls from gun rights activists in the past over her interpretation of the right to bear arms. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 Bonds wore a scowl, gave short answers and took offense to even innocuous questions. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for scowl 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scowl was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scowl. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

scowl

1 of 2 verb
1
: to make a frowning expression of displeasure
2
: to exhibit or express with a scowl
scowler noun
scowlingly adverb

scowl

2 of 2 noun
: an expression of displeasure on the face : frown

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