frown


frown
frown vb Frown, scowl, glower, lower, gloom are comparable when they mean to put on a dark or malignant countenance or aspect.
Frown commonly implies a stern face and contracted brows that express displeasure, disapprobation, anger, or contempt
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that Stonehenge circle of elderly disapproving faces—faces of the uncles, and schoolmasters and the tutors who frowned on my youth— L. P. Smith

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Scowl carries an implication of wrinkled drawn-down brows that express ill humor, sullenness, or discontent
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a spinner that would not rebel, nor mutter, nor scowl, nor strike for wages— Emerson

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Glower implies a more direct stare or gaze than frown or scowl and carries a stronger connotation of anger, contempt, or defiance
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the steward . . . glowered at Powell, that newcomer, that ignoramus, that stranger without right or privileges— Conrad

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he . . . stood glowering from a distance at her, as she sat bowed over the child— D. H. Lawrence

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Lower implies a menacing darkness and sullenness of face or of aspect; the term is used in reference not only to persons but to skies that give promise of a storm
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wandering from chamber to chamber ... all distinguishable by the same lowering gloom— Beckford

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up behind the Sangre de Cristo, gathered great thunderheads, lowering as they came, fringed threateningly with light— Mary A us tin

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Gloom ordinarily carries a much stronger implication of gloominess or dejection and a much weaker (often nonexistent) suggestion of threatening than does lower
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they may be wise in not glooming over what is inevitable— Cabell

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Skiddaw [a mountain] gloomed solemnly overhead— Dowden

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Antonyms: smile
Contrasted words: *disapprove, deprecate

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  • frown´er — frown «frown», noun, verb. –n. 1. a wrinkling of the forehead in deep thought, anger, or disapproval: »a frown of concentration. 2. any expression or show of disapproval: »Her very frowns are fairer far Than smiles of other maidens are (Hartley… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Frown — (froun), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Frowned} (fround); p. pr. & vb. n. {Frowning}.] [OF. froignier, F. frogner, in se refrogner, se renfrogner, to knit the brow, to frown; perh. of Teutonic origin; cf. It. in frigno wrinkled, frowning, Prov. It.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frown — Frown, v. t. To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look; as, frown the impudent fellow into silence. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frown — frown·er; frown·ing·ly; frown; …   English syllables

  • Frown — Frown, n. 1. A wrinkling of the face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a sour, severe, or stern look; a scowl. [1913 Webster] His front yet threatens, and his frowns command. Prior. [1913 Webster] Her very frowns are fairer far Than smiles of other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frown — [v1] scowl cloud up*, do a slow burn*, give a dirty look*, give the evil eye*, glare, gloom, glower, grimace, knit brows*, look black*, look daggers*, look stern*, lower, pout, sulk; concept 185 Ant. grin, smile frown [v2] disapprove deprecate,… …   New thesaurus

  • frown — ► VERB 1) furrow one s brows in an expression indicating disapproval, displeasure, or concentration. 2) (frown on/upon) disapprove of. ► NOUN ▪ an expression of this type. DERIVATIVES frowning adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • frown on — index disfavor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • frown on — frown (up)on (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To have or express an unfavorable opinion of: deprecate, disapprove, discountenance, disesteem, disfavor, object. Idioms: hold no brief for, not go for, take a dim view of, take exception to. See LIKE …   English dictionary for students

  • frown on — (something) to disapprove of something. You can wear jeans, but I think the restaurant frowns on shorts and sneakers …   New idioms dictionary


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