What does scowl mean?

Definitions for scowl
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frown, scowlverb

    a facial expression of dislike or displeasure

  2. scowlverb

    frown with displeasure

Wiktionary

  1. scowlnoun

    The wrinkling of the brows or face in frowning; the expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in the countenance; an angry frown.

  2. scowlnoun

    Hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect.

  3. scowlverb

    To wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or angry.

  4. scowlverb

    Hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower.

  5. scowlverb

    To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown.

  6. scowlverb

    To express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scowlnoun

    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.

  2. To Scowlverb

    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.

Wikipedia

  1. scowl

    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.

ChatGPT

  1. scowl

    A scowl is a facial expression of disapproval, displeasure, or anger, often characterized by a frowning brow and a downturned mouth. It can also be used as a verb, indicating the action of making such an expression.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scowlverb

    to wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or angry

  2. Scowlverb

    hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower

  3. Scowlverb

    to look at or repel with a scowl or a frown

  4. Scowlverb

    to express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance

  5. Scowlnoun

    the wrinkling of the brows or face in frowing; the expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in the countenance; an angry frown

  6. Scowlnoun

    hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect

  7. 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

  1. Scowl

    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.]

  2. Scowl

    skowl, n. (prov.) old workings of iron ore.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scowl in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scowl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of scowl in a Sentence

  1. George Eliot:

    Wear a smile and have friends, wear a scowl and have wrinkles.

  2. George Eliot:

    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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