low·​life | \ˈlō-ˌlīf \
plural lowlifes\ˈlō-​ˌlīfs \ also lowlives\ˈlō-​ˌlīvz \

Definition of lowlife 

1 : a person of low social status

2 : a person of low moral character

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low-life adjective

Examples of lowlife in a Sentence

hanging around with a bunch of lowlifes

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Making matters worse is the general indifference of the king's son Hal (Hamish Linklater), the future Henry V, whose days are spent in taverns amongst lowlifes like Falstaff, an obese old drunk with an intoxicating lust for life. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Henry IV': Theater Review," 9 June 2018 No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes! Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Justice Department Watchdog: McCabe Misled Investigators," 13 Apr. 2018 No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes! Eric Tucker And Mary Clare Jalonick, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe misled investigators, DOJ finds," 13 Apr. 2018 No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes! Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "DOJ releases report used to justify firing of ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe," 13 Apr. 2018 The various grumpy lowlifes that Jill has to talk to (played by Nelson Franklin, Reeve Carney, and Greta Lee, among others) are dull stock parodies of Hollywood hangers-on. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Gemini Is a Low-Key L.A. Murder Mystery," 30 Mar. 2018 William Macy is terrific as Jerry Lundegaard, a naive-but-determined Minneapolis car salesman who tries to solve his debt problems by hiring two lowlifes (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife (Kristin Rudrud). David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fargo': THR's 1996 Review," 8 Mar. 2018 And there is teeming, glorious Tokyo, whose blossoming trees and lowlife nightclubs have been his most reliable muse. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Maverick of Japanese Photography, Bound Tight to Ritual," 28 Feb. 2018 One of the biggest mysteries in the Star Wars franchise was seemingly solved in The Last Jedi, when Rey learned her parents were nothing but lowlife junkers who traded their daughter to get off the planet. Matt Miller, Esquire, "The Mystery of Rey's Parents Might Not Be Solved Yet," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lowlife

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of lowlife was in 1902

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English Language Learners Definition of lowlife

: a bad person : a person of low moral character

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