WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
frown /fraʊn/USA pronunciation
a disapproving look or expression on the face;
- 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.
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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