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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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British Dictionary definitions for scowling

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 scowling

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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