- 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.
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- to contract the brows, as in displeasure or concentrated thought
- to look with displeasure or disapproval (on or upon)
Origin: Middle 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
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verb frowned, frown·ing, frowns verb, intransitive
- 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: Middle English frounen, from Old French froigner, to turn up one's nose, from frogne, grimace, of Celtic origin.
- frownˈer noun
- frownˈing·ly adverb