low·​life | \ ˈlō-ˌlīf How to pronounce lowlife (audio) \
plural lowlifes\ ˈlō-​ˌlīfs How to pronounce lowlife (audio) \ also lowlives\ ˈlō-​ˌlīvz How to pronounce lowlife (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Manfredi appears to have been more excited by Caravaggio’s native feeling for drama and lowlife subjects than by anything spiritual. Washington Post, "Manfredi’s painting of Cupid being beaten invites a modern interpretation," 4 Nov. 2020 Simultaneously, Kaya tries to play the goofy antics of Viktor and his lowlife buddy Gerry (Frederick Lau) for genial laughs. Natalia Winkelman, New York Times, "‘Rising High’ Review: From Rags to Riches, Without a Conscience," 17 Apr. 2020 Wearing a costume reminiscent of the hallowed character Boba Fett (another bounty hunter from the planet Mandalore), the Mandalorian travels the galaxy looking for fugitives and lowlifes, hauling them in for justice and a paltry sum. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Mandalorian Is a Flashy but Flimsy Star Wars Story," 12 Nov. 2019 Producing a weapon is usually enough to scare off your run-of-the-mill lowlife. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Do Guns Help People Defend Themselves?," 12 Sep. 2019 Even severely edited, the story of Augie’s first 30 years — spent among immigrants, bohemians, lowlifes and nouveau riches — takes three acts, three hours and 13 actors playing 40 roles to deliver. Jesse Green, New York Times, "In Chicago’s Vibrant Theater Scene, Two Tales of One City," 7 June 2019 Guzman’s lawyers say the lowlife cooperators are lying in an attempt to frame him and get an easier sentence in their own drug-trafficking cases. Claudia Torrens, The Seattle Times, "El Chapo trial becomes New York’s latest tourist attraction," 18 Dec. 2018 What starts off feeling a little like a B-movie offering the inverse of Western romance in the company of losers and lowlifes quickly transforms into a road trip-cum-thriller defined by startling shifts and turns. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In Randy Kennedy’s Presidio, a Startling Road Trip Thriller Full of Twists and Turns," 17 Aug. 2018 Michael Cohen is, famously, a lowlife and screwball who’s made his living as an enforcer, liar and thug. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Michael Cohen Makes History," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of lowlife

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Lowlife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowlife. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lowlife

US, informal : a bad person : a person of low moral character

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