downer

noun down·er \ ˈdau̇-nər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

  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.

Recent Examples of downer from the Web

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First Known Use of downer

1913

downer Synonyms

Synonyms
bummer, down
Antonyms
upper
Related Words
bore, drag; accident, fatality, mishap, woe; calamity, catastrophe, debacle (also débâcle), misfortune, tragedy
Near Antonyms
pick-me-up, trip

DOWNER Defined for English Language Learners

downer

noun

Definition of downer for English Language Learners

  • : a drug that makes the body relax

  • : something that is unpleasant or depressing


Medical Dictionary

downer

noun down·er \ ˈdau̇-nər \

medical Definition of downer

:a depressant drug; especially :barbiturate


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