Definitions of frown

  1. look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
  2. a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
  3. To contract the brow in displeasure, severity, or sternness; to scowl; to put on a stern, grim, or surly look.
  4. To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavor or threateningly; to lower; as, polite society frowns upon rudeness.
  5. To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look; as, frown the impudent fellow into silence.
  6. A wrinkling of the face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a sour, severe, or stere look; a scowl.
  7. Any expression of displeasure; as, the frowns of Providence; the frowns of Fortune.
  8. A scowl; stern look.
  9. To contract the brows as a result of displeasure, etc.; scowl; lower.
  10. To rebuke by a stern look; to suppress by scowling.
  11. To wrinkle the brow, as in anger: to look angry.
  12. To repel by a frown.
  13. A wrinkling or contraction of the brow in displeasure, etc.: a stern look.
  15. A contraction of the brow.
  16. To wrinkle the brow; express anger by contracting the brow; show displeasure.
  17. To rebuke indignantly; commonly with down.
  18. To knit the brow, as in displeasure; scowl; threaten; lower.
  19. Frowning.
  20. Frownly.
  21. A wrinkling of the brow, as in anger.
  22. A knitting of the brows in displeasure; any expression of displeasure.
  23. To repel by expressing displeasure; to rebuke.
  24. To express displeasure by contracting the brow; to look displeased; to look threatening.
  25. A contraction of the forehead, expressing anger or dislike; a look expressing displeasure.
  26. To express displeasure or anger by contracting the forehead; to scowl at or on.

Usage examples for frown

  1. Jim wrinkled his brown handsome face into a frown – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  2. As Betty entered the office a boy was just leaving the desk, going out with tense mouth and a frown – Betty Lee, Freshman by Harriet Pyne Grove
  3. Diana sprang up, with a change of face- half laugh, half frown – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. " Dick's a long time coming back," Andrew said with a frown – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  5. The door opened, and Mr. Arnot entered with a heavy frown upon his brow. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  6. When the sitting- room door was shut she sat waiting with her forehead drawn to a frown – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  7. " No, sir, not a bit," replied the landlord, with a thoughtful and somewhat puzzled frown – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
  8. Oh, I won't discuss it; you needn't frown like that; but I just want to tell you that I've been looking all over town for Duncan, and I couldn't find him. – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  9. Doris listened with a frown – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  10. He broke into his laugh again, and watched his mother's frown with interest. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  11. The smile on Roderick's mobile face passed rapidly into a frown – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  12. He saw with a frown that there was food beside him as before. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  13. He would often say indeed with an eager frown when confronted with some statement of his own, " That was badly put! – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  14. Why frown and pretend you're cross when you know you aren't, Audrey Moze? – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  15. Greg caught Johnny's eye, saw the big miner's worried frown – Gold in the Sky by Alan Edward Nourse
  16. He wished vaguely the line of frown on her pretty forehead would go. – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  17. " Esther is going to be cross and horrid because we ran away, but father will only laugh," exclaimed Flurry, with the remains of a frown on her face. – Esther A Book for Girls by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  18. The young man stood motionless, staring at the Vicarage gates, a slight frown between his brows. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  19. But the trumpeter wore a frown – The Tale of Buster Bumblebee by Arthur Scott Bailey
  20. He caught her fingers and held them for a moment, but the frown did not lift. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson