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.
Recent Examples of downer from the Web
The Letter Gilbert sent fans after James left for Miami in 2010 had a fightin' words message and a downer tone.
Rebecca’s athletic career started in high school, first cross-country and then track at Downers Grove (Ill.) North High in a distant suburb of Chicago.
Downers Grove North coach Eric Landschoot said his pitcher felt confident facing Drager in the ninth.
The FBI turns out to be full of writer-downers, and even within that company Mr. Comey stands out.
Junior goalkeeper Grace Stevenson made two great, back-to-back plays or Downers North to prevent the Huskies from taking the lead in overtime.
Freshman Gregory Veliz, whose only Miami experience was this season’s downer, said something similar.
The only downer was LSU, the best fielding team in the SEC, committed four errors.
Naperville North (20-2-3) will play Downers Grove North (19-2-2) at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Lewis University Supersectional.
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First Known Use of downer
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Definition of downer for English Language Learners
: a drug that makes the body relax
: something that is unpleasant or depressing
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