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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
frown /fraʊn/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to wrinkle the forehead, such as when one is displeased or in deep thought: [no object]She frowned when I gave the wrong answer.[~ + at + object]She frowned at the dog.
- frown on or upon, [~ + on/upon + object] to look on disapprovingly:frowned on my idea to buy new computers because of the cost.
- a disapproving look or expression on the face;
- to contract the brow, as in displeasure or deep thought;
- to look displeased;
have an angry look.
- to view with disapproval;
look disapprovingly (usually fol. by on or upon):to frown upon a scheme.
- to express by a frown:to frown one's displeasure.
- to force or shame with a disapproving frown:to frown someone into silence.
- a frowning look; scowl.
- any expression or show of disapproval:a tax bill that received Congressional frowns.
1 . glower, lower, gloom.
- Celtic *srognā or *sroknā
- Gaulish *frognā; compare Welsh ffroen, OBreton fron nostril, Old Irish srón nose
- Old French froignier, derivative of froigne surly expression, probably
- Middle English frounen 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
frown /fraʊn/ vb
- (intransitive) to draw the brows together and wrinkle the forehead, esp in worry, anger, or concentration
- (intr; followed by on or upon) to have a dislike (of); look disapprovingly (upon)
- (transitive) to express (worry, etc) by frowning
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French froigner, of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ffroen nostril, Middle Breton froanˈfrowner n ˈfrowningly adv
- the act of frowning
- a show of dislike or displeasure
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