frown (plural frowns)
- 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.
- 1873, Charles Darwin, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, page 223:
- He encounters some obstacle in his train of reasoning ... and then a frown passes like a shadow over his brow.
- A facial expression in which the corners of the mouth are pointed down.
- 1911 December 1, “Facial Expression Electric Sign”, in Popular Electricity, volume iv, number 8, Chicago, page 714:
- The smile and the frown are both indicated and the operation of a motor driven flasher causes the face to look happy and sad in turn.
From Middle English frounen (“to frown as an expression of disapproval, displeasure, shame, fear, or jealousy”), from Old French frognier (“to frown or scowl”), from Gaulish *frognā (“nostril”), from Proto-Celtic *srognā.
- (intransitive) To have a frown on one's face.
- She frowned when I told her the news.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavour or threateningly.
- Noisy gossip in the library is frowned upon.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii]:
- The sky doth frown and lower upon our army.
- (transitive) To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look.
- Let us frown the impudent fellow into silence.
- (transitive) To communicate by frowning.
- Frank frowned his displeasure with my proposal.
- 2017 June 26, Alexis Petridis, “Glastonbury 2017 verdict: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Lorde, Stormzy and more”, in the Guardian:
- As the band paused between songs, a gust of wind blew a distinctive Worthy Farm odour in the direction of drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrich: “Wow,” he frowned, “this place smells of cow shit.”
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