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a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
frown with displeasure
The wrinkling of the brows or face in frowning; the expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in the countenance; an angry frown.
Hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect.
To wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or angry.
Hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower.
To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown.
To express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Look of sullenness or discontent; gloom.
Etymology: from the verb.
I’ve seen the morning’s lovely ray
Hover o’er the new-born day,
With rosy wings so richly bright,
As if he scorn’d to think of night;
When a ruddy storm, whose scowl
Made heaven’s radiant face look foul,
Call’d for an untimely night,
To blot the newly-blossom’d light. Richard Crashaw.
To frown; to pout; to look angry, sour, or sullen.
Etymology: scylian , to squint, Saxon; skeela sig, to look sour, Islandick.
Miso, having now her authority increased, came with scowling eyes to deliver a slavering good-morrow to the two ladies. Philip Sidney.
With bent louring brows, as she would threat,
She scowl’d and frowned with froward countenance. F. Q.
Even so, or with much more contempt, mens eyes
Did scowl on Richard. William Shakespeare, Richard II.
Not a courtier,
Although they wear their faces to the bent
Of the king’s look, but hath a heart that is
Glad at the thing they scowl at. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
The dusky clouds o’erspread
Heav’n’s cheerful face, the low’ring element
Scowls o’er the darken’d landschape snow or show’r. John Milton.
Fly, fly, prophane fogs! far hence fly away,
With your dull influence; it is for you
To sit and scowl upon night’s heavy brow. Richard Crashaw.
In rueful gaze
The cattle stand, and on the scowling heavens
Cast a deploring eye. James Thomson, Summer.
A frown (also known as a scowl) is a facial expression in which the eyebrows are brought together, and the forehead is wrinkled, usually indicating displeasure, sadness or worry, or less often confusion or concentration. The appearance of a frown varies by culture. An alternative usage in North America is thought of as an expression of the mouth. In those cases when used iconically, as with an emoticon, it is entirely presented by the curve of the lips forming a down-open curve. The mouth expression is also commonly referred to in the colloquial English phrase, especially in the United States, to "turn that frown upside down" which indicates changing from sad to happy.
to wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or angry
hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower
to look at or repel with a scowl or a frown
to express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance
the wrinkling of the brows or face in frowing; the expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in the countenance; an angry frown
hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect
Etymology: [Akin to Dan. skule; cf. Icel. skolla to skulk, LG. schulen to hide one's self, D. schuilen, G. schielen to squint, Dan. skele, Sw. skela, AS. sceolh squinting. Cf. Skulk.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
skowl, v.i. to wrinkle the brows in displeasure: to look sour or angry: to look gloomy.—n. the wrinkling of the brows when displeased.—p.adj. Scow′ling.—adv. Scow′lingly. [Scand., Dan. skule, to scowl; Low Ger. schulen, to look slyly.]
skowl, n. (prov.) old workings of iron ore.
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The numerical value of scowl in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of scowl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of scowl in a Sentence
Wear a smile and have friends, wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
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- zamračit se, zakabonění se, kabonit seCzech
- ceño, fruncir el ceñoSpanish
- mulkoilla, kurtistaa, mulkoilu, julmistella, synkistellä, [[synkkä]] [[ilme]], kurtistusFinnish
- froncer les sourcils, froncer, froncementFrench
- cipiglio, accigliarsiItalian
- 顰める, にらむJapanese
- нахмуренность, нахмуриться, хмуритьсяRussian
- bister uppsynSwedish
- cau cóVietnamese
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