Definition of downer
1 : a weak, sick, or crippled animal in shipment that is down and cannot get up —often used attributively a downer cow
2 : a depressant drug; especially : barbiturate
3 : someone or something depressing, disagreeable, or unsatisfactory
Examples of downer in a sentence
I took some downers to help me sleep.
“His cat just died.” “Oh, that's a real downer.”
Our conversation about death was a bit of a downer.
First Known Use of downer
DOWNER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of downer for English Language Learners
: a drug that makes the body relax
: something that is unpleasant or depressing
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