Definition of frown in English:

frown

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Furrow one's brow in an expression of disapproval, displeasure, or concentration.

    ‘he frowned as he reread the letter’
    • ‘Taylor shrugged and smiled, then frowned slightly as she thought about that.’
    • ‘His brother shifted, looking at him finally and William realized he was still frowning angrily.’
    • ‘The innkeeper raised his brow in question, and he was frowning as he shook his head.’
    • ‘Sighing, I pulled my long hair into a ponytail and frowned deeply at my reflection.’
    • ‘Matt frowned in disapproval and started pulling the car out of the driveway.’
    • ‘Grace is still sitting on the floor of the balloon, frowning in puzzlement.’
    • ‘Adrianna watched, frowning again at the thought of her missing sword.’
    • ‘The songs are irritatingly infectious with enough angst to keep the moodiest teenagers frowning.’
    • ‘The girl felt warm from that thought, but then frowned slightly.’
    • ‘The boy frowned for a moment and then laughed a little.’
    • ‘He frowned for a moment and then reverted to Russian and finished the sentence.’
    • ‘I frowned in confusion, shrugged and turned back to my dancing partner dilemma.’
    • ‘The man frowned in confusion and tried to reach out to comfort her.’
    • ‘He was greeted by the sight of three men frowning in concentration over a card game.’
    • ‘He had a very heavy brow that always made him appear as though he were frowning.’
    • ‘The man frowned again, and Garret fought the urge to scream and pull all his hair out in frustration.’
    • ‘We all turned to look at Lynn, who was still frowning in thought.’
    • ‘Michael frowned faintly in confusion, not understanding the sudden change in her mood.’
    • ‘Her mother frowned a bit, as if taken by surprise, but then recovered.’
    • ‘She then frowned slightly and then shoved Kit roughly out of the light.’
    scowl, glower, glare, lour, look sullen, make a face, look daggers
    give someone black looks
    furrow one's brows, knit one's brows
    give someone dirty looks, give someone a death stare
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    1. 1.1frown on/upon Disapprove of.
      ‘the old Russian rural system frowned on private enterprise’
      • ‘On the other hand, boys and girls and young men and women are clearly disenchanted with a system that frowns upon spontaneity.’
      • ‘There they found a system run by bureaucrats where nationalism is frowned upon and democratic legislatures sidelined.’
      • ‘In a culture and a region where the old story of boy meets girl is not only frowned on, but downright discouraged, love, or at least adolescent yearnings, will often find a way.’
      • ‘Asia is home to many great cuisines, yet the masters of the region's kitchens have in the past preferred to stay out of the limelight, thanks to Confucian modesty and an apprenticeship system that frowns on publicity seeking.’
      • ‘Hopefully those discussions needn't include hateful diatribes against those who love in ways your ideology frowns upon.’
      • ‘She was shut out of society, for she was still frowned upon and disapproved of.’
      • ‘For nearly 70 years, the Soviet system frowned on Judaism and other forms of religion.’
      • ‘American society frowns upon many addictions - alcohol, drug and gambling, to name a few - but when it comes to shopping addictions, the same societal disapproval doesn't seem to apply.’
      • ‘He was raised in the Primitive Baptist Church - an austere rural church that frowns on solo singing and bans musical instruments outright.’
      • ‘For example, the old church seemed to frown upon the system of concerts of live music as a way of praying.’
      disapprove of, view with disfavour, view with dislike, indicate disapproval of, show disapproval of, dislike, discourage, look askance at, not take kindly to, not think much of, take a dim view of, find unacceptable, be against, take exception to, object to, think wrong, discountenance, have a low opinion of
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noun

  • A facial expression or look characterized by a furrowing of one's brows.

    ‘a frown of disapproval’
    • ‘A frown marred his worried features, his lips thinning out into a line.’
    • ‘My still playful frown deepened to one of true anger.’
    • ‘The frown disappeared from his face, leaving an expression of seriousness.’
    • ‘Leslie gave a long frown of disappointment and shook her head after a moment.’
    • ‘A slight frown creased her brow but disappeared almost as soon as it had come.’
    • ‘Val couldn't help but turn her frown into a smile.’
    • ‘Grace stood in the doorway, a worried frown creasing her smooth, pale forehead.’
    • ‘A frown appeared on his face, realizing she had no interest in him.’
    • ‘She reached to take it, a puzzled frown crossing her face.’
    • ‘Nodding, the frown deepened, yet the Queen seemed satisfied with the answer.’
    • ‘Harry's face bent into a frown of mock disapproval.’
    • ‘His usually unguarded expression was marred by the deep frown of meditation he now wore.’
    • ‘She turned her face down while fiddling with her purse to hide her frown of disappointment.’
    • ‘On his face he wore a deep, permanent frown.’
    • ‘She looked over at her friend as she saw his frown disappear for a second, and then return.’
    • ‘Her eyes met his and he gave her a small, disapproving frown.’
    • ‘A worried frown creased the cook's face as soon as little Alissa was gone.’
    • ‘Although, as soon as he said this, a frown crossed his face.’
    • ‘Then turning again toward Christina, a frown crossed the woman's stern features.’
    • ‘She wore a frown of concentration and picked up a can of fruit.’
    scowl, glower, glare, black look, dirty look
    knitted brows, furrowed brows
    death stare
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French froignier, from froigne surly look of Celtic origin.

Pronunciation:

frown

/froun/