verb (used without object)
to contract the brow, as in displeasure or deep thought; scowl.
to look displeased; have an angry look.
to view with disapproval; look disapprovingly (usually followed by on or upon ): to frown upon a scheme.
verb (used with object)
to express by a frown: to frown one's displeasure.
to force or shame with a disapproving frown: to frown someone into silence.
a frowning look; scowl.
any expression or show of disapproval: a tax bill that received Congressional frowns.

1350–1400; Middle English frounen < Old French froignier, derivative of froigne surly expression, probably < Gaulish *frognā; compare Welsh ffroen, Old Breton fron nostril, Old Irish srón nose < Celtic *srognā or *sroknā

frowner, noun
frowningly, adverb
half-frowning, adjective
half-frowningly, adverb
unfrowning, adjective

1. glower, lower, gloom. Unabridged
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frown (fraʊn)
vb (often foll by down)
1.  (intr) to draw the brows together and wrinkle the forehead, esp in worry, anger, or concentration
2.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to have a dislike (of); look disapprovingly (upon): the club frowned upon political activity by its members
3.  (tr) to express (worry, etc) by frowning
4.  to force, silence, etc, by a frowning look
5.  the act of frowning
6.  a show of dislike or displeasure
[C14: from Old French froigner, of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ffroen nostril, Middle Breton froan]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. froignier "to frown or scowl, snort," related to frongne "scowling look," probably from Gaulish *frogna "nostril" (cf. Welsh ffroen "nose"), with a sense of "snort," or perhaps "haughty grimace." Related: Frowned; frowning. The noun is from 1580s.
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Example sentences
Here's the lovely moment, with frown in the lower left.
They frown against discipline, they don't say it to me directly, but they make
  comments about her being tortured again.
The receptionists tend to frown on noise and loitering, though, so carefully
  make your way to the maternity waiting room.
The treatment decreases the ability to frown or squint and may cause the
  corners of the mouth to turn down.
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