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
Suddenly his voice turns defiant and he's scowling deeply.
But this yellow face is scowling and gritting its teeth.
At first they could hardly keep their faces from scowling when they looked at us, but now they are some better.
Here she plays a scowling villain with a fondness for carefully packaged explosives.
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