From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfrownfrown1 /fraʊn/ ●●○ verb [intransitive] DISAPPROVEto make an angry, unhappy, or confused expression, moving your eyebrows together She frowned as she read the letter.frown at Mattie frowned at him disapprovingly. → frown on/upon somebody/something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusfrown• Well, this was obviously a job for Joanna, but ... She frowned.• No, that wasn't quite true, she corrected herself, frowning.• Mr Bonner frowned and pursed his lips, but said nothing.• Sheila saw Al frown as he read the letter.• Mrs Gold frowned at the children, who were getting mud all over their clothes.• Paul frowned but said nothing.• Dorothea frowned into the mirror above the sink.• They have frowned on the extraction of dowries from the parents of brides.• He frowned, screwed up his mouth and brushed away the letter.• Victorian propriety would have frowned upon such individual excesses.• It must be remembered that if we take two plants frown vegetatively from the same plant, they will also be self-sterile.frown at• He walked past her, giving her a judgmental frown.• The teacher frowned at him and asked him to sit down.• "Sibling rivalry?" she asked, frowning at his use of psychological terms.• When I got back to the table, Carolyn was frowning at the check.• Mattie stood frowning at the closed door for a long time.frownfrown2 ●●○ noun [countable usually singular] DISAPPROVEthe expression on your face when you move your eyebrows together because you are angry, unhappy, or confusedwith a frown He looked at her with a puzzled frown.
Examples from the Corpusfrown• Janir glanced at me, and I managed a frown.• Instantly, you are treated to the Archer frown of disapproval.• If she does not, there will be frowns and sharp words and life will not be nearly so pleasant for her.• The woman looked at Hicks with a sensitive frown.• Micky's brow corrugated in a simian frown.• Toni said, looking up and seeing the frown still there.with a frown• Sarah shook her head, with a frown on her face.• The haughty Servants meet him with a Frown.• After a moment, with a frown, the guard waved them on.• He returned to assist Frye, who was standing now with a frown of concentration on his face.• Serious business, he thought with a frown as he picked up the receiver.• Only he hadn't, just quietly angry, and bitter, she thought with a frown.• She turned with a frown and quickly began to stride away, radiating silent hostility.• The doorbell rang and she started violently before glancing at her watch with a frown.Origin frown1 (1300-1400) Old French froignier