Definitions for: Frown


[n] a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
[v] look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval



Webster (1913) Definition: Frown, v. i. [imp. &, p. p. Frowned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Frowning.] [OF. froignier, F. frogner, in se refrogner, se
renfrogner, to knit the brow, to frown; perh. of Teutonic
origin; cf. It. in frigno wrinkled, frowning, Prov. It.
frignare to cringe the face, to make a wry face, dial. Sw.
fryna to make a wry face,]
1. To contract the brow in displeasure, severity, or
sternness; to scowl; to put on a stern, grim, or surly
look.

The frowning wrinkle of her brow. --Shak.

2. To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with
disfavor or threateningly; to lower; as, polite society
frowns upon rudeness.

The sky doth frown and lower upon our army. --Shak.


Frown, v. t.
To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval;
to rebuke with a look; as, frown the impudent fellow into
silence.


Frown, n.
1. A wrinkling of the face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a
sour, severe, or stere look; a scowl.

His front yet threatens, and his frowns command.
--Prior.

Her very frowns are fairer far Than smiles of other
maidens are. --H.
Coleridge.

2. Any expression of displeasure; as, the frowns of
Providence; the frowns of Fortune.

Synonyms: glower, lour, lower, scowl

See Also: facial expression, facial gesture, grimace, make a face, pull a face, scowl

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