From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishscowlscowl1 /skaʊl/ ●○○ verb [intransitive] LOOK ATto look at someone in an angry way → frown Patrick scowled, but did as he was told.scowl at Mum scowled at him and refused to say anything.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusscowl• "What do you want?" said the old man, scowling.• He went reluctantly, scowling and cursing the man on the horse.• Papi always scowled and told her not to speak such nonsense.• Jane scowled and told them to get out.• Luce washed herself and smoothed her fringe as best she could, scowling at her reflection in the mirror.• What are you scowling at me for? You asked me to wake you up.• Irritable and moody, she shook her hair back and leaned back on her braced hands and scowled at me.• The off-shift sat scowling on a wall, counting their money.• Reed has been scowling so long in his long career that it seems a natural repose for him.scowl at• Nancy scowled at me from across the room.scowlscowl2 noun [countable] EXPRESSION ON somebody'S FACEan angry or disapproving expression on someone’s face → frown She looked at me with a scowl.
Examples from the Corpusscowl• The ripple of laughter that followed brought a scowl to Trentham's face.• Bell started Job Corps last March, standing 6 foot 6 and wearing a scowl.• The little mouth was born with a scowl, the brows positively beetle over the turned-up be-ringed breathing apparatus.• A teenage girl was sitting alone in a corner with a scowl on her face.• He looked up at me with a scowl, a scowl of surprise.• He will laugh loudly then stop suddenly, with a scowl.• She passes through much of the movie with a monotonous scowl.• Bedford returned the scowl with a smile.Origin scowl1 (1300-1400) Probably from a Scandinavian language