downer

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noun down·er \ˈdau̇-nər\

Definition of downer

  1. 1 :  a weak, sick, or crippled animal in shipment that is down and cannot get up —often used attributively <a downer cow>

  2. 2 :  a depressant drug; especially :  barbiturate

  3. 3 :  someone or something depressing, disagreeable, or unsatisfactory

Examples of downer in a sentence

  1. I took some downers to help me sleep.

  2. His cat just died. Oh, that's a real downer.

  3. Our conversation about death was a bit of a downer.

1913

First Known Use of downer

1913


DOWNER Defined for English Language Learners

downer

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noun down·er \ˈdau̇-nər\

Definition of downer for English Language Learners

  • : a drug that makes the body relax

  • : something that is unpleasant or depressing


Medical Dictionary

downer

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noun down·er \ˈdau̇-nər\

Medical Definition of downer

  1. :  a depressant drug; especially :  barbiturate



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