• WordNet 3.6
    • v scowl frown with displeasure
    • n scowl a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scowl Hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect. "A ruddy storm, whose scowl Made heaven's radiant face look foul."
    • Scowl Hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower. "The scowling heavens."
    • Scowl The wrinkling of the brows or face in frowing; the expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in the countenance; an angry frown. "With solemn phiz, and critic scowl ."
    • Scowl To express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance.
    • Scowl To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown.
    • Scowl To wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or angry. "She scowled and frowned with froward countenance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scowl To lower the brows as in anger or displeasure; frown, or put on a frowning look; look gloomy, severe, or angry: either literally or figuratively.
    • scowl To affect with a scowl: as, to scowl one down or away.
    • scowl To send with a scowling or threatening aspect.
    • n scowl A lowering or wrinkling of the brows as in anger or displeasure; a look of anger, displeasure, discontent, or sullenness; a frown or frowning appearance or look.
    • n scowl Old workings at the outcrop of the deposits of iron ore. Some of these are of large dimensions, and are ascribed to the Romans.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Scowl skowl to wrinkle the brows in displeasure: to look sour or angry: to look gloomy
    • n Scowl the wrinkling of the brows when displeased
    • n Scowl skowl (prov.) old workings of iron ore.
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  • George Eliot
    “Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to Dan. skule,; cf. Icel. skolla, to skulk, LG. schulen, to hide one's self, D. schuilen, G. schielen, to squint, Dan. skele, Sw. skela, AS. sceolh, squinting. Cf. Skulk


In literature:

He scowled again as he rose and stood looking down at his saddle.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
There was one chair which Beryl, scowling, pushed forward, at the same time sitting upon the bed.
"Red-Robin" by Jane Abbott
He scowled, but when we reached the trap in the room floor grid, we found him standing aside to admit us.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
He scowled as he looked at Mr. Tallman and the Shetland pony.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony" by Laura Lee Hope
He scowled first at the canvas and then at the stubble.
"The Third Violet" by Stephen Crane
Caroline scowled a little at the motion, but slept on.
"While Caroline Was Growing" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
Barrett scowled at his wife.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
The mountaineer did not reply, but his eyes, and the malignant scowl on his face, voiced the thought that was uppermost in his mind.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers" by Jessie Graham Flower
Derek had been scowling, and Derek still scowled.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Each face held an expression of gloom and resentment; on Mr. Stephen Edwards' countenance sat what might well be termed a scowl.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour

In poetry:

Autumn doth mourn her beauteous form,
Which nature did bestow;
For early winter's scowling storm,
Did lay her verdure low.
"On The Weather, 1819" by Susannah Hawkins
Now the weariest of all mothers,
The saddest two years' bride,
She scowls in the face of her husband,
And spurns her child aside.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The shadowy pomp to thee denied.
While pity bade thy spirit rest:
While superstition scowl'd beside,
And vainly bade it not be blest.
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
You scowl at me. And was it wrong
To wear the gray my father wore?
Could I slink back, though young and strong,
From foes before my mother's door?
"An Address Of An Ex-Confederate Soldier, To The Grand Army Of The Republic" by Maurice Thompson
No angry passion shakes the state
Whose weary servant seeks for rest;
And who could fear that scowling hate
Would strike at that unguarded breast?
"On The Death Of President Garfield" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
You were always too ready to fire at a touch;
But we said, "She is hasty,— she does not mean much."
We have scowled, when you uttered some turbulent threat;
But Friendship still whispered, "Forgive and forget!"
"Brother Jonathan's Lament for Sister Caroline" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Well-heeled elderly women scowl at a leather-clad biker.
Scowling Buck Showalter has soft spot for Sader, Webster, Jasper and Opie.
SCOWLS to lack of witnesses to last Wednesday's killing on North Main Street in Salinas.
Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth.
Given my constitutional opposition to women being told to smile and look happy, it takes a lot for me to pick on scowling.
Hit them with a snarl and watch them scowl instead.
AFTER broccoli started to become a staple in the United States, the New Yorker magazine ran a cartoon in the 1970's showing a small child scowling down at his plate.
Rick Reilly on Jay Cutler's scowl .
But humor transcends everything, as far as I'm concerned, so come along and spend three minutes watching Reilly's examination of Jay Cutler's scowl .
2013 Porsche Boxster finally gets a proper scowl .
He was scowling through the cigar smoke because, more often than not, the Lions had just lost another game.
I've got to believe all that losing ate up a competitor like Karras, the scowling pink giant with the cigar and the beer.
Scowls, subtlety make 'Gran Torino' classic Clint Eastwood.
We were first introduced to 'Grumpy Cat' a few weeks back, when her hilarious scowl face went viral.
Imagine a scowl on my face now.