Frounce

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frounce A wrinkle, plait, or curl; a flounce; -- also, a frown.
    • Frounce An affection in hawks, in which white spittle gathers about the hawk's bill.
    • v. i Frounce To form wrinkles in the forehead; to manifest displeasure; to frown. "The Commons frounced and stormed."
    • v. i Frounce To gather into or adorn with plaits, as a dress; to form wrinkles in or upon; to curl or frizzle, as the hair. "Not tricked and frounced , as she was wont."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frounce To fold or wrinkle.
    • frounce To curl or frizzle, as hair.
    • frounce To adorn with fringes, frills, or other ornaments of dress.
    • frounce To wrinkle the forehead; frown.
    • n frounce A flounce, fold, plait, or frill, as of a garment; a wrinkle; a crease.
    • n frounce A disease in hawks in which white spittle gathers about the bill.
    • n frounce A disease in a horse's mouth in which a mass of pimples appears on the palate; the pimples themselves.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Frounce frowns to plait: to curl: to wrinkle up: to frown
    • n Frounce a plait or curl
    • v.i Frounce (obs.) to frown or wrinkle the brow
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. frouncen, fronsen, to told, wrinkle, OF. froncier, F. froncer, perh. fr. an assumed LL. frontiare, to wrinkle the forehead, L. frons, forehead. See Front, and cf. Flounce part of a dress

Usage

In literature:

Frounce, iv, 14, curl, plait, friz (the hair).
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
Grislye faces frouncing, eke against Troy leaged in hatred Of Saincts soure deities dyd I see.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
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