- The definition of a scowl is a gloomy or intimidating look.
An example of scowl is what an angry clown may wear on his face in a haunted house.
- Scowl is defined as to wrinkle the eyebrows to show disapproval or anger.
An example of scowl is for a father to look at his daughter disapprovingly after she tells a blatant lie.
A scowling man.
- to contract the eyebrows and lower the corners of the mouth in showing displeasure; look angry, irritated, or sullen
- to have a threatening look; lower
Origin of scowlMiddle English scoulen, probably ; from Scandinavian as in Danish skule, in same sense, akin to Middle High German schulen, to be hidden, lurk ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kulo-, concealment ; from base an unverified form (s)keu-, to cover
- the act or expression of scowling; angry frown
- a threatening aspect
verbscowled, scowl·ing, scowls
Origin of scowlMiddle English scoulen, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(third-person singular simple present scowls, present participle scowling, simple past and past participle scowled)
- (intransitive) To wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or angry.
- (intransitive, by extension) To look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower.
- (intransitive) To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown.
- to scowl a rival into submission
- To express by a scowl.
- to scowl defiance