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frown

[froun] /fraʊn/
verb (used without object)
1.
to contract the brow, as in displeasure or deep thought; scowl.
2.
to look displeased; have an angry look.
3.
to view with disapproval; look disapprovingly (usually followed by on or upon):
to frown upon a scheme.
verb (used with object)
4.
to express by a frown:
to frown one's displeasure.
5.
to force or shame with a disapproving frown:
to frown someone into silence.
noun
6.
a frowning look; scowl.
7.
any expression or show of disapproval:
a tax bill that received Congressional frowns.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Related forms
frowner, noun
frowningly, adverb
half-frowning, adjective
half-frowningly, adverb
unfrowning, adjective
Synonyms
1. glower, lower, gloom.
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  • Finds that smiling and frowning have strong effects while the effects of posture and gesture are weaker.
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  • During the task, the test administrator noted any behaviors that indicated confusion, such as hesitation and frowning.
British Dictionary definitions for frowning

frown

/fraʊn/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to draw the brows together and wrinkle the forehead, esp in worry, anger, or concentration
2.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to have a dislike (of); look disapprovingly (upon): the club frowned upon political activity by its members
3.
(transitive) to express (worry, etc) by frowning
4.
(transitive) often foll by down. to force, silence, etc, by a frowning look
noun
5.
the act of frowning
6.
a show of dislike or displeasure
Derived Forms
frowner, noun
frowningly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French froigner, of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ffroen nostril, Middle Breton froan
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Word Origin and History for frowning

frown

v.

late 14c., from Old French frognier "to frown or scowl, snort, turn one's nose up," related to froigne "scowling look," probably from Gaulish *frogna "nostril" (cf. Welsh ffroen "nose"), with a sense of "snort," or perhaps "haughty grimace." Related: Frowned; frowning.

n.

1580s, from frown (v.).

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