Frown definition

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Any expression of displeasure or disapproval.
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A facial expression in which the eyebrows are brought together, and the forehead is wrinkled, usually indicating displeasure, sadness or worry, or less often confusion or concentration.
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(now rare) To silence, subdue, etc. with a disapproving look.
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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.

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(intransitive) To have a frown on one's face.
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(intransitive) To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavour or threateningly.

Noisy gossip in the library is frowned upon.

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To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look.

Frown the impudent fellow into silence.

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To express (disapproval, for example) by wrinkling the brow.
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To regard something with disapproval or distaste.

Frowned on the use of so much salt in the food.

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To wrinkle the brow, as in thought or displeasure.
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A wrinkling of the brow in thought or displeasure; a scowl.
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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 express (disapproval, disgust, etc.) by frowning.
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To contract the brows and lower the corners of the mouth, as in displeasure, sternness, or concentration.
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A facial expression conveying displeasure, sternness, or concentration, and consisting typically of a contracting of the brows and a lowering of the corners of the mouth.
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To look with displeasure or disapproval (on or upon)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
frown
Plural:
frowns

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”).

    From Wiktionary