: low in character, cost, or prestige
low-rent thugs
a low-rent movie
a low-rent literary form

Examples of low-rent in a Sentence

a store full of low-rent items
Recent Examples on the Web Though clearly intended to convey a sense of luxury, the low-rent production values make both characters and movie feel ersatz from the outset. Michael Nordine, Variety, 26 Apr. 2024 In the nineteen-twenties, a Spanish aeronautical genius named Juan de la Cierva invented something called an autogyro, a kind of low-rent helicopter precursor. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 Scott, at his most creepy and conniving, plays Tom Ripley, a low-rent con artist in New York in the 1960s who gets the opportunity of a lifetime when a rich shipping magnate employs him to convince the man's wayward heir to come home and stop gallivanting across Italy. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 The concept of the series, which aired in the 1970s and ’80s, was that its sketches were shows, or previews of shows, on a low-rent TV station in a fictional town called Melonville. Amanda Holpuch, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 For a low-rent version of that reminder, see below about Gibson’s new store. Nikki Baird, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Roger Corman produced a low-rent version in 1994 that was never released, while Fox and director Tim Story released a pair of films in 2005 and 2007 that received a mixed response and starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, future MCU actor Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 And now, like a plot twist from a low-rent Jane Austen novel, these two seem to have developed an actual relationship. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Hooks could go for broke with the best of them, her Sweeney Sisters musical outings alongside Nora Dunn a throwback to Bill Murray's Nick the Lounge Singer in the duo's channeling of over-the-top low-rent showbiz glitz. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of low-rent was in 1957

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“Low-rent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-rent. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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