frown definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To wrinkle the brow, like in idea or displeasure.
    • To view one thing with disapproval or distaste: frowned in the utilization of such salt in the meals.
    • To contract the eyebrow in displeasure, seriousness, or sternness; to scowl; to put on a stern, grim, or surly look.
    • To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavor or threateningly; to lessen.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To express (disapproval, for example) by wrinkling the eyebrow.
    • To repress or repel by articulating displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look.
  • noun:
    • A wrinkling regarding the eyebrow in thought or displeasure; a scowl.
    • A facial phrase when the eyebrows tend to be brought collectively, while the forehead is wrinkled, usually indicating displeasure, sadness or stress, or less frequently confusion or concentration.
    • A wrinkling of face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a sour, serious, or stern look; a scowl.
    • Any phrase of displeasure
    • A contraction or wrinkling for the brow expressing displeasure or seriousness, or simply perplexity, tough focus of idea, etc.; a severe or stern appearance; a scowl.
    • Any expression or tv show of disapproval or displeasure: as, the frowns of Providence.
    • a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
  • verb:
    • having a frown on one's face.
    • look upset or sullen, wrinkle your forehead, as if to signal disapproval
  • others:
    • To contract the eyebrow as an expression of displeasure or severity, or merely of perplexity, concentrated attention, etc.; put on a stern or surly appearance; scowl.
    • to check or work disapprovingly or threateningly; reduced: because, to frown upon a scheme.
    • To repress or repel by an aspect of displeasure; rebuke by a stern or aggravated appearance or by serious words or conduct: as, to frown one into silence; to frown down a proposition.

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