frowns

frown

[froun]
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; 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.
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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
 
n
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]
 
'frowner
 
n
 
'frowningly
 
adv

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frown
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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