Definitions for: Scowl


[n] a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
[v] frown with displeasure



Webster (1913) Definition: Scowl (skoul), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scowled (skould);
p. pr. & vb. n. Scowling.] [Akin to Dan. skule; cf. Icel.
skolla to skulk, LG. schulen to hide one's self, D. schuilen,
G. schielen to squint, Dan. skele, Sw. skela, AS. sceolh
squinting. Cf. Skulk.]
1. To wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to
put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or
angry.

She scowled and frowned with froward countenance.
--Spenser.

2. Hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower.
``The scowling heavens.'' --Thomson.


Scowl, v. t.
1. To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown. --Milton.

2. To express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance.


Scowl, n.
1. The wrinkling of the brows or face in frowing; the
expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in
the countenance; an angry frown.

With solemn phiz, and critic scowl. --Lloyd.

2. Hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect. --Burns.

A ruddy storm, whose scowl Made heaven's radiant
face look foul. --Crashaw.

Synonyms: frown

See Also: facial expression, facial gesture, frown, glower, lour, lower

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