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intr.v. frowned, frown·ing, frowns
1. To make a facial expression indicating thought or displeasure, as by wrinkling the brow and drawing down the corners of the mouth.
2. To regard something with disapproval or distaste: frowned on the use of so much salt in the food.
A facial expression indicating thought or displeasure; a scowl.
[Middle English frounen, from Old French froigner, to turn up one's nose, from frogne, grimace, of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh ffroen, nostril, and Old Irish srón, nose.]
- A dark scowl playing on his face like a spotlight —Jonathan Valin
- Face was screwed up as if he had a stomachache —Nina Bawden
- Frowning like the Mask of Tragedy —Max Shulman
- Frowned like a public character conscious of the interested stares of a large crowd but determined not to take notice of them —Joyce Cary
- Frowning, as if at some infernal machine —Elizabeth Taylor
- Frowning like a battered old bison who’d spent too many years at the zoo —Jonathan Kellerman
- Frowning like a cat at a mouse hole —John Updike
- The frown like serpents basking on the brow —Wallace Stevens
- Glared at me like a wolf in a trap —Robert Traver
- Glared slightly … like a judge intent upon some terrible evidence —Flannery O’Connor
- Glares at me like a starving wolf from the forest —Bernard Malamud
- Glares at us, his eyes like the barrels of a shotgun —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- He was frowning, which tensed his small face up and made his deep pockmarks look like holes that went clear through his cheeks —Larry McMurtry
- His lips curled away from his teeth like he was exposing so many switchblade knives —Donald McCaig
- His scowl crinkled like crushed paper —F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Like a ruffled old eagle on a high, bare rock, she scowled at the setting sun —Louis Auchincloss
- A reddened grimace of hate and fury, like a primitive mask in a museum —Iris Murdoch
- Scowl like a cap pulled over the brow —Peter De Vries
- Scowl like a child about to receive an injection —Laurie Colwin
- Scowl, like he’d turn a cold into cancer if you crossed him —J. W. Rider
The scowler is a doctor.
See Also: DOCTORS
- Scowled like a junkyard dog —Jay Parini
- Teeth bared like the rats —Eudora Welty