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Definition of frown verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

frown

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fraʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fraʊn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they frown
BrE BrE//fraʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fraʊn//
 
he / she / it frowns
BrE BrE//fraʊnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fraʊnz//
 
past simple frowned
BrE BrE//fraʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fraʊnd//
 
past participle frowned
BrE BrE//fraʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fraʊnd//
 
-ing form frowning
BrE BrE//ˈfraʊnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfraʊnɪŋ//
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to make a serious, angry or worried expression by bringing your eyebrows closer together so that lines appear on your forehead frown (at somebody/something) What are you frowning at me for? She frowned with concentration. + speech ‘I don't understand,’ she frowned. Wordfinderbeam, expression, frown, grimace, grin, leer, scowl, smirk, sneer, wince See related entries: Facial expressions Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French froignier, from froigne ‘surly look’, of Celtic origin.Extra examples He frowned with annoyance. He looked at the coded message, frowning in concentration. She studied the letter, frowning thoughtfully. She turned and frowned at him. ‘I see,’ he frowned. By then the customer was frowning impatiently. She frowned in concentration as she read the catalogue. Why are you frowning at me like that? Phrasal Verbsfrown on somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: frown

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