WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
frown /fraʊn/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. 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.
  2. frown on or upon, [+ on/upon + object] to look on disapprovingly:frowned on my idea to buy new computers because of the cost.

n. [countable]
  1. a disapproving look or expression on the face;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
frown  (froun),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to contract the brow, as in displeasure or deep thought;
  2. to look displeased;
    have an angry look.
  3. to view with disapproval;
    look disapprovingly (usually fol. by on or upon):to frown upon a scheme.

  1. to express by a frown:to frown one's displeasure.
  2. to force or shame with a disapproving frown:to frown someone into silence.

  1. a frowning look;
  2. any expression or show of disapproval:a tax bill that received Congressional frowns.
frowner, n. 
frowning•ly, adv. 
  • 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
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged glower, lower, gloom.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

frown /fraʊn/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to draw the brows together and wrinkle the forehead, esp in worry, anger, or concentration
  2. (intr; followed by on or upon) to have a dislike (of); look disapprovingly (upon)
  3. (transitive) to express (worry, etc) by frowning
  1. the act of frowning
  2. a show of dislike or displeasure
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French froigner, of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ffroen nostril, Middle Breton froan

ˈfrowner n ˈfrowningly adv

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