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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.]

frown′er n.
frown′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: frown, glower, lower1, scowl
These words mean to make a face expressing displeasure:frowns when he is annoyed; glowered when she was interrupted; lowered at the noisy child; scowled at my suggestion.
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  1. A dark scowl playing on his face like a spotlight —Jonathan Valin
  2. Face was screwed up as if he had a stomachache —Nina Bawden
  3. Frowning like the Mask of Tragedy —Max Shulman
  4. Frowned like a public character conscious of the interested stares of a large crowd but determined not to take notice of them —Joyce Cary
  5. Frowning, as if at some infernal machine —Elizabeth Taylor
  6. Frowning like a battered old bison who’d spent too many years at the zoo —Jonathan Kellerman
  7. Frowning like a cat at a mouse hole —John Updike
  8. The frown like serpents basking on the brow —Wallace Stevens
  9. Glared at me like a wolf in a trap —Robert Traver
  10. Glared slightly … like a judge intent upon some terrible evidence —Flannery O’Connor
  11. Glares at me like a starving wolf from the forest —Bernard Malamud
  12. Glares at us, his eyes like the barrels of a shotgun —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  13. 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
  14. His lips curled away from his teeth like he was exposing so many switchblade knives —Donald McCaig
  15. His scowl crinkled like crushed paper —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Like a ruffled old eagle on a high, bare rock, she scowled at the setting sun —Louis Auchincloss
  17. A reddened grimace of hate and fury, like a primitive mask in a museum —Iris Murdoch
  18. Scowl like a cap pulled over the brow —Peter De Vries
  19. Scowl like a child about to receive an injection —Laurie Colwin
  20. Scowl, like he’d turn a cold into cancer if you crossed him —J. W. Rider

    The scowler is a doctor.

    See Also: DOCTORS

  21. Scowled like a junkyard dog —Jay Parini
  22. Teeth bared like the rats —Eudora Welty
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Dissatisfied with the pacific aspect of a face which had no more than the faintest hint of flaxen eyebrow, together with a pair of amiable blue-gray eyes and round pink cheeks that refused to look formidable, let him frown as he would before the looking-glass (Philip had once told him of a man who had a horseshoe frown, and Tom had tried with all his frowning might to make a horseshoe on his forehead), he had had recourse to that unfailing source of the terrible, burnt cork, and had made himself a pair of black eyebrows that met in a satisfactory manner over his nose, and were matched by a less carefully adjusted blackness about the chin.
"And what are you going to do with the nice new frown?" the Pugilist asked.
She knew Miss Polly now as a stern, severe-faced woman who frowned if a knife clattered to the floor, or if a door banged--but who never thought to smile even when knives and doors were still.
With a frown Miss Polly folded the letter and tucked it into its envelope.
Never was there a blacker or a fiercer frown than Hester now encountered.
All the world had frowned on her -- for seven long years had it frowned upon this lonely woman -- and still she bore it all, nor ever once turned away her firm, sad eyes.
For the night - tho' clear - shall frown - And the stars shall look not down, From their high thrones in the Heaven, With light like Hope to mortals given - But their red orbs, without beam, To thy weariness shall seem As a burning and a fever Which would cling to thee for ever :
Her scowl,--as the world, or such part of it as sometimes caught a transitory glimpse of her at the window, wickedly persisted in calling it,--her scowl had done Miss Hepzibah a very ill office, in establishing her character as an ill-tempered old maid; nor does it appear improbable that, by often gazing at herself in a dim looking-glass, and perpetually encountering her own frown with its ghostly sphere, she had been led to interpret the expression almost as unjustly as the world did.
And, without all the deeper trust in a comprehensive sympathy above us, we might hence be led to suspect the insult of a sneer, as well as an immitigable frown, on the iron countenance of fate.
Adam was looking at Hetty, and saw the frown, and pout, and the dark eyes seeming to grow larger with pettish half-gathered tears.
The last of the Horse Guards, a huge pockmarked fellow, frowned angrily on seeing Rostov before him, with whom he would inevitably collide.
According to the statement,: ''Our party frowns at speculations in the media over the weekend on the party's decision to step down our aspiration to govern the country.