verb (used without object)
to contract the brow, as in displeasure or deep thought; scowl.
to look displeased; have an angry look.
to view with disapproval; look disapprovingly (usually followed by on or upon):
to frown upon a scheme.
verb (used with object)
to express by a frown:
to frown one’s displeasure.
to force or shame with a disapproving frown:
to frown someone into silence.
a frowning look; scowl.
any expression or show of disapproval:
a tax bill that received Congressional frowns.
(intransitive) to draw the brows together and wrinkle the forehead, esp in worry, anger, or concentration
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to have a dislike (of); look disapprovingly (upon): the club frowned upon political activity by its members
(transitive) to express (worry, etc) by frowning
(transitive) often foll by down. to force, silence, etc, by a frowning look
the act of frowning
a show of dislike or displeasure
late 14c., from Old French frognier “to frown or scowl, snort, turn one’s nose up,” related to froigne “scowling look,” probably from Gaulish *frogna “nostril” (cf. Welsh ffroen “nose”), with a sense of “snort,” or perhaps “haughty grimace.” Related: Frowned; frowning.
1580s, from frown (v.).
(Or “frowney face”) See emoticon. [Jargon File]
/fraʊst/ noun 1. (Brit, informal) a hot and stale atmosphere; fug
[frou-zee] /ˈfraʊ zi/ adjective, frowsier, frowsiest. 1. . noun A slovenly, unkempt woman: a few frowsies in skirts (1900+)
[frou-stee] /ˈfraʊ sti/ adjective, frowstier, frowstiest. British Informal. 1. musty; ill-smelling. /ˈfraʊstɪ/ adjective -stier, -stiest 1. ill-smelling; stale; musty adj. “having an unpleasant smell,” 1865, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French frouste “ruinous, decayed,” or to Old English þroh “rancid;” both of which also are of uncertain origin.