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look·​down ˈlu̇k-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce lookdown (audio)
: a silvery carangid fish (Selene vomer) chiefly of the Atlantic having a laterally compressed deep body and steeply sloping facial profile

look down

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looked down; looking down; looks down

intransitive verb

: to be in a position that affords a downward view
: to regard with contempt : despise
used with on or upon

Examples of lookdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
As artist Carlos Lara painted the Naperville Riverwalk Saturday from a perch looking down on it, a light rain fell. Giles Bruce, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 Sharing a few photos to her Instagram, Meyers holds her baby while in the hospital, while Jonas looks down from above. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 It is regarded as an elementary form of literature, and looked down on by establishment types. Jason Parham, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023 Founded by a libertarian billionaire named B.W. Rubin, the institute is located on an island off the coast of Connecticut, its main building exactly tall enough for someone to ascend to its 42nd-story penthouse and look down on Yale. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Westhead is basically like Wile E. Coyote after he’s run off the cliff, but hasn’t looked down yet. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 3 Sep. 2023 Early in the third quarter of Oregon State’s romp over San Jose State, Gary Payton looked down at the field at CEFCU Stadium and shook his head. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2023 Right or wrong, Texas will always look down at the Aggies and see itself as superior to its instate competition. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 5 Sep. 2023 What if people look down on you for feeling this way? BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1882, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lookdown was in the 14th century

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“Lookdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lookdown. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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