An example of frown is the face you make when you are unhappy about something.
Noisy gossip in the library is frowned upon.
Frown the impudent fellow into silence.
Frowned on the use of so much salt in the food.
An example of frown is when drinking is discouraged.
An example of frown is making an expression of displeasure.
Other Word Forms
Origin of frown
- Middle English frounen from Old French froigner to turn up one's nose from frogne grimace of Gaulish origin Welsh ffroen nostril and Old Irish srón nose
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French frognier (“to frown or scowl”), from Gaulish frogna (“nostril”).