- The definition of a frown is a facial expression indicating displeasure by drawing the brows together and turning the lips downward.
An example of frown is the face you make when you are unhappy about something.
- To frown is defined as to disapprove of something or to make a face indicating disapproval by turning down the corners of your mouth and furrowing your brow.
- An example of frown is when drinking is discouraged.
- An example of frown is making an expression of displeasure.
A man frowns.
- to contract the brows, as in displeasure or concentrated thought
- to look with displeasure or disapproval (on or upon)
Origin of frownMiddle English frounen ; from Old French frognier ; from froigne, sullen face ; from Gaulish an unverified form frogna, nostrils, akin to Old Irish srón, nose
- Now Rare to silence, subdue, etc. with a disapproving look
- to express (disapproval, disgust, etc.) by frowning
- a contracting of the brows in sternness, thought, etc.
- any expression of displeasure or disapproval
verbfrowned, frown·ing, frowns
- To wrinkle the brow, as in thought or displeasure.
- To regard something with disapproval or distaste: frowned on the use of so much salt in the food.
Origin of frownMiddle English frounen, from Old French froigner, to turn up one's nose, from frogne, grimace, of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh ffroen, nostril, and Old Irish srón, nose.
(third-person singular simple present frowns, present participle frowning, simple past and past participle frowned)
- (intransitive) To have a frown on one's face.
- (intransitive) To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavour or threateningly.
- Noisy gossip in the library is frowned upon.
- To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look.
- Frown the impudent fellow into silence.
From Old French frognier (“to frown or scowl”), from Gaulish frogna (“nostril”).