Definition of scowl in English:



  • An angry or bad-tempered expression.

    ‘she stamped into the room with a scowl on her face’
    • ‘Twelve guards entered the room, scowls and sneers on their faces.’
    • ‘I ran into the kitchen, expecting to see my aunt there, an angry scowl placed upon her face.’
    • ‘Each hair perfectly in place, and a scowl on his moustached lips, it was clear this guy was no cartoon.’
    • ‘There were many scowls and glares in his direction as he walked in the door.’
    • ‘Catchy commercials and frequent scowls from others won't make me quit, like they didn't stop me from starting.’
    • ‘He picked it up and thrust it with a scowl into the hands of the nearest steward.’
    • ‘So he furrows his brow, twists his mouth into a scowl and lets his eyes go dead.’
    • ‘Number one rule; never smile at your opponent; scowls and grimaces are the order of the day.’
    • ‘His face is riven with the faultlines of age, creating the illusion of a constant scowl.’
    • ‘With a jowly face set in a permanent scowl, he is perfectly suited to the grim realities of war, and he knows it.’
    • ‘Joshua came back out of the bathroom wearing a scowl, and glared at the other two.’
    • ‘She stood off to the side of the room, only barely managing to hide her scowl.’
    • ‘All I can say is that, during an hour in the company last week, I didn't observe any scowls or tension.’
    • ‘He turned and suppressed a scowl when he spotted Jaden dancing with Leona.’
    • ‘"Good," she said as her scowl melted into a smile.’
    • ‘It is only a matter of minutes and the child is soon speeding away, his face screwed up in a scowl.’
    • ‘When he saw that she was examining him, his neutral expression turned into a scowl.’
    • ‘Her arms were crossed in front of her, and a scowl darkened her face.’
    • ‘Again we sat at a couple's regular table and were glad we could exchange scowls with them.’
    • ‘There was no remorse evident through his appearance; cold hard eyes and a seemingly perpetual scowl.’
    frown, glower, glare, grimace, black look
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  • Frown in an angry or bad-tempered way.

    ‘she scowled at him defiantly’
    • ‘He had the breakfast room to himself and was scowling into a newspaper.’
    • ‘Keo frowned and moved towards her, but she scowled and backed up, keeping out of his reach.’
    • ‘What if I remembered her number wrong and I knock on the door of someone who just scowls at me?’
    • ‘Then another one suddenly moved toward me, scowling, and waved at me to stop.’
    • ‘Those who delighted in the first snows exchanged smiles, though many were scowling at the cold.’
    • ‘He glanced at me for a second, before scowling and turning away.’
    • ‘She then glanced to the third occupant, a good-looking dark-haired man who was scowling darkly at the menu.’
    • ‘Esteban scowled, said he'd already told her he wasn't hungry, and wandered off.’
    • ‘She took note that a lot of the girls were scowling at her as she sat down.’
    • ‘A typical boy, my little Maddy is now scowling at me every time I mention his resounding defeat.’
    • ‘Holmes scowled and wished he worked in radio rather than the written word.’
    • ‘Alonzo was scowling when he opened the door, but grinned when he realized it was us.’
    • ‘Too wired to speak, each scowled at her own reflection and prodded with combs.’
    • ‘The lanky Miller boy shuffled out of the office, scowling at nothing in particular.’
    • ‘Even the taxi driver, who as far as I knew could not speak a word of English, seems to be scowling at me in his rear view mirror.’
    • ‘He remained mild compared to his aides, who scowled when questions turned personal.’
    • ‘Ammu first scowls at her daughter and then begins to laugh - Well, I'm the old woman of this family.’
    • ‘Jacks growled a bit, scowling, but Sam laughed, and smiled at him, so it melted away.’
    • ‘I picked up the noisy clock, scowling at it with my half opened eyes, and shook my head.’
    • ‘She met Jack outside Lizzi's bedroom door and found his face to be angry, he was scowling at her.’
    glower, frown, glare, lour, look daggers at, look angrily at, give someone a black look
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Late Middle English (as a verb): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish skule ‘scowl’. The noun dates from the early 16th century.