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frown  audio  (froun) KEY 

VERB:
frowned, frown·ing, frowns
VERB:
intr.
  1. To wrinkle the brow, as in thought or displeasure.
  2. To regard something with disapproval or distaste: frowned on the use of so much salt in the food.
VERB:
tr.
To express (disapproval, for example) by wrinkling the brow.
NOUN:
A wrinkling of the brow in thought or displeasure; a scowl.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English frounen, from Old French froigner, to turn up one's nose, from frogne, grimace, of Celtic origin

OTHER FORMS:
frowner(Noun), frowning·ly(Adverb)

SYNONYMS:
frown, glower, lower1, scowl

These verbs mean to contract the brows in displeasure: frowns when he is annoyed; glowered upon being interrupted; lowering at the noisy child; scowled at my suggestion.


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