frown

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French frognier (to frown or scowl), from Gaulish frogna (nostril).

Noun[edit]

frown (plural frowns)

  1. A facial expression in which the eyebrows are brought together, and the forehead is wrinkled, usually indicating displeasure, sadness or worry, or less often confusion or concentration.

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Verb[edit]

frown (third-person singular simple present frowns, present participle frowning, simple past and past participle frowned)

  1. (intransitive) To have a frown on one's face.
  2. (intransitive) To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavour or threateningly.
    Noisy gossip in the library is frowned upon.
    • Shakespeare
      The sky doth frown and lower upon our army.
  3. (transitive) To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look.
    Frown the impudent fellow into silence.

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Welsh[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frown

  1. Mutated form of brown.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
brown frown mrown unchanged