low·​down | \ ˈlō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce lowdown (audio) \

Definition of lowdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the inside facts : dope gave us the lowdown on the situation


\ ˈlō-(ˌ)dau̇n How to pronounce low-down (audio) \

Definition of low-down (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : contemptible, base a low-down dirty liar
2 : deeply emotional low-down blues

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lowdown

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of lowdown in a Sentence

Noun have you heard the lowdown on the new chairman of the department?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From the Seaport to the suburbs, Globe correspondent Kara Baskin has the lowdown. BostonGlobe.com, "HomeFront: Fun now for stir-crazy families, music later for picnicking at Tanglewood," 9 Apr. 2021 Ahead, the lowdown on natural wine, the trendy drink (which dates back to the 15th century), plus the best options to shop online. Erin Parker, Glamour, "13 Best Natural Wines for the Conscious Drinker in 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 Because the pandemic limited people's ability to meet in person, Locaris enabled renters to get the lowdown on a building safely. Joyce M. Rosenberg, USA TODAY, "'What trends is (COVID) bringing to market?': After losing a company during the pandemic, owners seek the next gig," 22 Feb. 2021 Here's the lowdown on Luna's price, availability, and specs. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Luna," 26 Jan. 2021 Refinery29 caught up with Peggy Zabakolas and Noel Roberts, two of the estate agents with the most beef between them, to get the lowdown on each other and the rest of the stars. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "Million Dollar Beach House," 27 Aug. 2020 After multiple reports that the 39-year-old Indianapolis assistant was the Eagles’ choice to be their new head coach, a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter checked in with a league source to get the lowdown on what to expect. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "In NFL’s land of opportunity, some still left out," 21 Jan. 2021 Keep reading for the lowdown on all of these Netflix offerings, including their trailers. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "These Are The 3 New Netflix Treats Everyone’s Talking About — Here’s What To Watch," 18 Dec. 2020 The lowdown Pulling the Modernist X Gravity Weighted Robe on is like being wrapped up in a warm hug. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "This bathrobe is basically a weighted blanket that you can wear," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lowdown


1905, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lowdown was in 1850

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21 Apr 2021

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“Lowdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowdown. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of low-down

informal : morally bad : dishonest and unfair

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