Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To wrinkle or contract the brow as an expression of anger or disapproval. See Synonyms at frown.
  • transitive v. To express with a frowning facial expression.
  • n. A look of anger or frowning disapproval.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The wrinkling of the brows or face in frowning; the expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in the countenance; an angry frown.
  • n. Hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect.
  • v. To wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or angry.
  • v. Hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower.
  • v. To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown.
  • v. To express by a scowl; as, to scowl defiance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wrinkling of the brows or face in frowing; the expression of displeasure, sullenness, or discontent in the countenance; an angry frown.
  • n. Hence, gloom; dark or threatening aspect.
  • intransitive v. To wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, or angry.
  • intransitive v. Hence, to look gloomy, dark, or threatening; to lower.
  • transitive v. To look at or repel with a scowl or a frown.
  • transitive v. To express by a scowl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To affect with a scowl: as, to scowl one down or away.
  • To send with a scowling or threatening aspect.
  • n. 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. Old workings at the outcrop of the deposits of iron ore. Some of these are of large dimensions, and are ascribed to the Romans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. frown with displeasure
  • n. a facial expression of dislike or displeasure

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English scoulen, probably of Scandinavian origin.

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  • Good observation. There's something about the way this word sounds that feels very overwhelming for me.

    August 22, 2008

  • I was thinking about this word earlier, because of the words it contains — cow, scow, cowl. There aren't a whole lot of words which can, discounting inflection, be expanded on either side or both to form new words. I wonder if there is a name for this kind of wordplay.

    August 22, 2008