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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 of scowl
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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  • I watched the scowling policeman approach our car while Uncle Peter got back in with the blonde Cora and drove away.

  • Then he looked at the black-browed, scowling woman, and his look was very kind.

  • But when they weren't laughing they were scowling, over some new attack upon life—and when they did that they were laughable.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Presently, scowling over her work, she began muttering to herself.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He glanced up with a nervous start to see Julian of Ephesus, scowling, at hand.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
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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