verb (used without object)
to draw down or contract the brows in a sullen, displeased, or angry manner.
to have a gloomy or threatening look.
verb (used with object)
to affect or express with a scowl.
a scowling expression, look, or aspect.

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

scowler, noun
scowlful, adjective
scowlingly, adverb
unscowling, adjective
unscowlingly, adverb

1. frown, lower, glare. 2. glower, gloom. Unabridged
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scowl (skaʊl)
1.  (intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
2.  a gloomy or threatening expression
[C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to look down, Old English scūlēgede squint-eyed]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norw. skule "look furtively, squint, look embarrassed," Dan. skule "to scowl"). Probably related to O.E. sceolh "wry, oblique," O.H.G. scelah "curved," Ger. scheel "squint-eyed;" from PIE base *sqel- "crooked, curved, bent." The noun is attested from c.1500.
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Example sentences
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.
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