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scowl

[skoul] /skaʊl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to draw down or contract the brows in a sullen, displeased, or angry manner.
2.
to have a gloomy or threatening look.
verb (used with object)
3.
to affect or express with a scowl.
noun
4.
a scowling expression, look, or aspect.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English scoulen (v.); perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to scowl, Norwegian skule to look furtively, though these may be < Low German schūlen to spy
Related forms
scowler, noun
scowlful, adjective
scowlingly, adverb
unscowling, adjective
unscowlingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. frown, lower, glare. 2. glower, gloom.
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Examples from the web for scowled
  • She extracted the offending bottle and scowled at me.
  • The bottom left corner of his mouth turned down even further than usual, and he simply scowled.
  • He scowled at me over the blotter, called me a thief, and said that he had a good mind to lock me up.
  • Sometimes, it will be well-received and appreciated and sometimes it will be scowled at.
  • He even scowled a little as he said her performance might be much worse.
British Dictionary definitions for scowled

scowl

/skaʊl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
noun
2.
a gloomy or threatening expression
Word Origin
C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to look down, Old English scūlēgede squint-eyed
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Word Origin and History for scowled

scowl

v.

mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skule "look furtively, squint, look embarrassed," Danish skule "to scowl, cast down the eyes"). Probably related to Old English sceolh "wry, oblique," Old High German scelah "curved," German scheel "squint-eyed;" from PIE root *sqel- "crooked, curved, bent." Related: Scowled; scowling.

n.

c.1500, from scowl (v.).

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