Definition of frown in English:

frown

verb

[no object]
  • 1Furrow one's brows in an expression indicating disapproval, displeasure, or concentration.

    ‘he frowned as he reread the letter’
    • ‘He had a very heavy brow that always made him appear as though he were frowning.’
    • ‘The innkeeper raised his brow in question, and he was frowning as he shook his head.’
    • ‘The songs are irritatingly infectious with enough angst to keep the moodiest teenagers frowning.’
    • ‘She then frowned slightly and then shoved Kit roughly out of the light.’
    • ‘Taylor shrugged and smiled, then frowned slightly as she thought about that.’
    • ‘The girl felt warm from that thought, but then frowned slightly.’
    • ‘Michael frowned faintly in confusion, not understanding the sudden change in her mood.’
    • ‘The man frowned in confusion and tried to reach out to comfort her.’
    • ‘Sighing, I pulled my long hair into a ponytail and frowned deeply at my reflection.’
    • ‘The boy frowned for a moment and then laughed a little.’
    • ‘Adrianna watched, frowning again at the thought of her missing sword.’
    • ‘Her mother frowned a bit, as if taken by surprise, but then recovered.’
    • ‘We all turned to look at Lynn, who was still frowning in thought.’
    • ‘His brother shifted, looking at him finally and William realized he was still frowning angrily.’
    • ‘I frowned in confusion, shrugged and turned back to my dancing partner dilemma.’
    • ‘The man frowned again, and Garret fought the urge to scream and pull all his hair out in frustration.’
    • ‘He was greeted by the sight of three men frowning in concentration over a card game.’
    • ‘He frowned for a moment and then reverted to Russian and finished the sentence.’
    • ‘Grace is still sitting on the floor of the balloon, frowning in puzzlement.’
    • ‘Matt frowned in disapproval and started pulling the car out of the driveway.’
    scowl, glower, glare, lour, look sullen, make a face, look daggers
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    1. 1.1frown on/uponDisapprove of.
      ‘promiscuity was frowned upon’
      • ‘On the other hand, boys and girls and young men and women are clearly disenchanted with a system that frowns upon spontaneity.’
      • ‘Asia is home to many great cuisines, yet the masters of the region's kitchens have in the past preferred to stay out of the limelight, thanks to Confucian modesty and an apprenticeship system that frowns on publicity seeking.’
      • ‘For example, the old church seemed to frown upon the system of concerts of live music as a way of praying.’
      • ‘He was raised in the Primitive Baptist Church - an austere rural church that frowns on solo singing and bans musical instruments outright.’
      • ‘In a culture and a region where the old story of boy meets girl is not only frowned on, but downright discouraged, love, or at least adolescent yearnings, will often find a way.’
      • ‘She was shut out of society, for she was still frowned upon and disapproved of.’
      • ‘There they found a system run by bureaucrats where nationalism is frowned upon and democratic legislatures sidelined.’
      • ‘American society frowns upon many addictions - alcohol, drug and gambling, to name a few - but when it comes to shopping addictions, the same societal disapproval doesn't seem to apply.’
      • ‘Hopefully those discussions needn't include hateful diatribes against those who love in ways your ideology frowns upon.’
      disapprove of, view with disfavour, view with dislike, indicate disapproval of, show disapproval of, dislike, discourage, look askance at, not take kindly to, not think much of, take a dim view of, find unacceptable, be against, take exception to, object to, think wrong, discountenance, have a low opinion of
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noun

  • A facial expression indicating disapproval, displeasure, or concentration, characterized by a furrowing of one's brows.

    ‘a frown of disapproval’
    • ‘A slight frown creased her brow but disappeared almost as soon as it had come.’
    • ‘A worried frown creased the cook's face as soon as little Alissa was gone.’
    • ‘Grace stood in the doorway, a worried frown creasing her smooth, pale forehead.’
    • ‘My still playful frown deepened to one of true anger.’
    • ‘On his face he wore a deep, permanent frown.’
    • ‘She reached to take it, a puzzled frown crossing her face.’
    • ‘His usually unguarded expression was marred by the deep frown of meditation he now wore.’
    • ‘Her eyes met his and he gave her a small, disapproving frown.’
    • ‘Nodding, the frown deepened, yet the Queen seemed satisfied with the answer.’
    • ‘She wore a frown of concentration and picked up a can of fruit.’
    • ‘She looked over at her friend as she saw his frown disappear for a second, and then return.’
    • ‘A frown marred his worried features, his lips thinning out into a line.’
    • ‘Val couldn't help but turn her frown into a smile.’
    • ‘Leslie gave a long frown of disappointment and shook her head after a moment.’
    • ‘She turned her face down while fiddling with her purse to hide her frown of disappointment.’
    • ‘Then turning again toward Christina, a frown crossed the woman's stern features.’
    • ‘Although, as soon as he said this, a frown crossed his face.’
    • ‘A frown appeared on his face, realizing she had no interest in him.’
    • ‘The frown disappeared from his face, leaving an expression of seriousness.’
    • ‘Harry's face bent into a frown of mock disapproval.’
    scowl, glower, glare, black look, dirty look
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Origin

Late Middle English from Old French froignier, from froigne ‘surly look’, of Celtic origin.

Pronunciation

frown

/fraʊn/