Definition of frown in US English:

frown

verb

[no object]
  • 1Form an expression of disapproval, displeasure, or concentration, typically by turning down the corners of the mouth.

    ‘he frowned as he reread the letter’
    • ‘Sighing, I pulled my long hair into a ponytail and frowned deeply at my reflection.’
    • ‘He frowned for a moment and then reverted to Russian and finished the sentence.’
    • ‘The man frowned again, and Garret fought the urge to scream and pull all his hair out in frustration.’
    • ‘Adrianna watched, frowning again at the thought of her missing sword.’
    • ‘He was greeted by the sight of three men frowning in concentration over a card game.’
    • ‘I frowned in confusion, shrugged and turned back to my dancing partner dilemma.’
    • ‘Taylor shrugged and smiled, then frowned slightly as she thought about that.’
    • ‘We all turned to look at Lynn, who was still frowning in thought.’
    • ‘Grace is still sitting on the floor of the balloon, frowning in puzzlement.’
    • ‘The innkeeper raised his brow in question, and he was frowning as he shook his head.’
    • ‘Her mother frowned a bit, as if taken by surprise, but then recovered.’
    • ‘His brother shifted, looking at him finally and William realized he was still frowning angrily.’
    • ‘She then frowned slightly and then shoved Kit roughly out of the light.’
    • ‘The man frowned in confusion and tried to reach out to comfort her.’
    • ‘The boy frowned for a moment and then laughed a little.’
    • ‘The girl felt warm from that thought, but then frowned slightly.’
    • ‘The songs are irritatingly infectious with enough angst to keep the moodiest teenagers frowning.’
    • ‘Michael frowned faintly in confusion, not understanding the sudden change in her mood.’
    • ‘Matt frowned in disapproval and started pulling the car out of the driveway.’
    • ‘He had a very heavy brow that always made him appear as though he were frowning.’
    scowl, glower, glare, lour, look sullen, make a face, look daggers
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    1. 1.1frown on/upon Disapprove of.
      ‘the old Russian rural system frowned on private enterprise’
      • ‘There they found a system run by bureaucrats where nationalism is frowned upon and democratic legislatures sidelined.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For example, the old church seemed to frown upon the system of concerts of live music as a way of praying.’
      • ‘For nearly 70 years, the Soviet system frowned on Judaism and other forms of religion.’
      • ‘On the other hand, boys and girls and young men and women are clearly disenchanted with a system that frowns upon spontaneity.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 indicating disapproval, displeasure, or concentration, typically with the corners of the mouth turned down.

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

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

Pronunciation

frown

/fraʊn//froun/