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v. & n. --v. 1 intr. wrinkle one's brows, esp. in displeasure or deep thought. 2 intr. (foll. by at, on, upon) express disapproval. 3 intr. (of a thing) present a gloomy aspect. 4 tr. compel with a frown (frowned them into silence). 5 tr. express (defiance etc.) with a frown. --n. 1 an action of frowning; a vertically furrowed or wrinkled state of the brow. 2 a look expressing severity, disapproval, or deep thought. Derivatives: frowner n. frowningly adv. Etymology: ME f. OF frongnier, froignier f. froigne surly look f. Celt.
Frown 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 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 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.
(frowns, frowning, frowned) When someone frowns, their eyebrows become drawn together, because they are annoyed, worried, or puzzled, or because they are concentrating. Nancy shook her head, frowning... He frowned at her anxiously. ...a frowning man. VERB: V, V at n, V-ing • Frown is also a noun. There was a deep frown on the boy's face. N-COUNT
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