frown

Definitions

  • Between frowning walls and low-arched bridges
    Between frowning walls and low-arched bridges
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v frown look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
    • n frown a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
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Frowns and Smiles Frowns and Smiles

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
    • Frown A wrinkling of the face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a sour, severe, or stern look; a scowl. "His front yet threatens, and his frowns command.""Her very frowns are fairer far
      Than smiles of other maidens are."
    • Frown Any expression of displeasure; as, the frowns of Providence; the frowns of Fortune.
    • Frown To contract the brow in displeasure, severity, or sternness; to scowl; to put on a stern, grim, or surly look. "The frowning wrinkle of her brow."
    • Frown To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavor or threateningly; to lower; as, polite society frowns upon rudeness. "The sky doth frown and lower upon our army."
    • v. t Frown To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look; as, frown the impudent fellow into silence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frown To contract the brow as an expression of displeasure or severity, or merely of perplexity, concentrated attention, etc.; put on a stern or surly look; scowl.
    • frown To look or act disapprovingly or threateningly; lower: as, to frown upon a scheme.
    • frown To repress or repel by an aspect of displeasure; rebuke by a stern or angry look or by severe words or conduct: as, to frown one into silence; to frown down a proposition.
    • n frown A contraction or wrinkling of the brow expressing displeasure or severity, or merely perplexity, difficult concentration of thought, etc.; a severe or stern look; a scowl.
    • n frown Any expression or show of disapproval or displeasure: as, the frowns of Providence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Frown frown to wrinkle the brow as in anger: to look angry
    • v.t Frown to repel by a frown
    • n Frown a wrinkling or contraction of the brow in displeasure, &c.: a stern look
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Quotations

  • Charles Kingsley
    Charles%20Kingsley
    “The world goes up and the world goes down, the sunshine follows the rain; and yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again.”
  • Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook
    “Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “The man who gives little with a smile gives more than the man who gives much with a frown.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “A smile cures the wounding of a frown.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It takes 26 muscles to smile, and 62 muscles to frown.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. froignier, F. frogner, in se refrogner, se renfrogner, to knit the brow, to frown; perh. of Teutonic origin; cf. It. in frigno, wrinkled, frowning, Prov. It. frignare, to cringe the face, to make a wry face, dial. Sw. fryna, to make a wry face,

Usage

In literature:

I stole a look at her handsome clean-cut features; she was frowning a little.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
The sergeant frowned heavily at the small boys.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
As he listened, the frown died from his face and the anger melted out from his heart.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
At sight of the boy, Grimm's frown softened into a smile of welcome.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
She was frowning, and yet she was laughing too.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
The frown on the praefect's forehead became even more marked than before.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
With a frown she dropped her stick and turned her attention from horticulture to coiffure.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Genevieve's face showed a puzzled frown.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
One eye was badly damaged, but the other was frowning at them comically.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Then he frowned at the length-of-assignment block: Indefinite.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Robert frowned at the sound.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
The lady in a sprightly fashion returned his toast, and the junior partner frowned.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
Dick frowned when they met.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Sylvia was standing alone in the dining-room while Harboro frowned darkly over the list of names before him.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
Jim frowned from time to time when he caught the inquisitive glance of some stranger.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Mary Raymond viewed Marjorie with a faint frown.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Then the frown came again to his face.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The Prince listened to me with a frown.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
A frown grew on his face.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Davidge knew the symptoms, and he frowned in the shadow, yet smiled a little.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

Thou source of day, that rollest on
Though tempests frown,
Thou mind'st us of another sun
That has gone down!
"Henry Clay" by Effie Afton
I cannot bear to see her smile,
Unless she smile on me;
And if she frown, I sigh the while,
But know not whence it be.
"First Love" by Washington Allston
A mother's sad reproachful eye,
A father's scowling brow—
But he may frown and she may sigh:
I will not break my vow!
"Stanzas" by Anne Bronte
Mr. Smiggs was a gentleman,
And he lived in London town;
His wife she was a good kind soul,
And seldom known to frown.
"The Christmas Goose" by William Topaz McGonagall
Ancestors grim that stare
Stiff, starched, and haughty down
From the oaken wall of the noble hall
Put on a sterner frown.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
A mother's sad reproachful eye,
A father's scowling brow -­
But he may frown, and she may sigh;
I will not break my vow!
"Parting address from z.z. to a.e." by Anne Bronte

In news:

Adam Dunn turned frowns upside down at Sox Park Monday.
Officials Frown On OC Beach Movies Proposal.
But also this year, like last, smiles will turn to frowns because those devices do not work the way they are supposed to.
Terps coach Mark Turgeon frowns after his team missed a scoring chance in the first half of its exhibition against IUP.
Matt Carpenter peered over the start line Sunday before the Pikes Peak Marathon, and the smile on his face turned into a frown when he didn't see Ricardo Mejia, the last person to beat him on America's mountain.
"For you, it might be "Well, the merry-go-round broke down, but that don't make me frown and then he launches into a fast-paced peppy whistle .
THERE ARE families, I've heard, who frown upon discussions of religion and politics over dinner.
Wall Street Frowns at Google's Earnings Report .
Google CEO Larry Page gave Wall Street a reason to frown Thursday.
I know it is frowned upon in the NFL for players to date the cheerleaders.
I don't understand keno and those playing roulette usually are frowning.
State volleyball leaves mixed emotions at Jackson, MI and Seattle Prep, smiles at Auburn Riverside, Auburn Mountainview and Glacier Peak and a frown at Mount Si.
Ahead of meeting the South African prime minister John Vorster in 1970, Archbishop Michael Ramsey frowned repeatedly into a mirror.
In the Bible, gluttony is frowned upon.
Impulse control is important for kids: It helps them rein in tantrums, aggression and other behavior that's generally frowned upon.
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In science:

Well, perhaps, frowned the mutineers, who found no prudence in decoherence.
The Plight of `I Am'
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