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
And that scowl perfectly contrasts with his super-cutesy heart-shaped nose.
The howl of the wolf brought not the expression of wonder, but a scowl of
  disappointment or anger.
He's not tall, he has a slightly comical face and a tendency to scowl, and his
  hair is often unruly.
The biggest part of his acting responsibilities involves maintaining that scowl
  and pretending not to enjoy it.
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