Meaning of “frown” in the English Dictionary

"frown" in British English

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frownverb [ I ]

uk /fraʊn/ us /fraʊn/

C2 to bring your eyebrows together so that there are lines on your face above your eyes to show that you are annoyed or worried:

She frowned at me, clearly annoyed.
He frowned as he read the instructions, as if puzzled.

More examples

  • Don't frown so - it spoils your pretty face.
  • Frowning, she started to search in her bag for the lost ticket.
  • People who frown a lot or have very expressive faces usually develop deep lines as they get older.
  • What are you frowning about now? What have I done?
  • The teacher frowned and drew her red pen firmly across the page.
noun [ C ] uk us


  • He cocked his head on one side with a slight frown.
  • The boy gave a frown and scratched his head thoughtfully.
  • The frown on his face showed that he was struggling with a difficult problem.
  • His brows were drawn together in a deep frown.
  • Seeing the headmistress's frown, the girl quickly sat down again.


"Leave me alone!" she said with a frown.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “frown” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frown" in American English

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frownverb [ I ]

us /frɑʊn/

to bring your eyebrows together so that lines appear on your face above your eyes, in an expression of anger, disapproval, or worry:

For a moment he had frowned and looked annoyed.
noun [ C ] us /frɑʊn/

Pierre’s mouth tightened with a small frown.

(Definition of “frown” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)