low·​brow | \ ˈlō-ˌbrau̇ How to pronounce lowbrow (audio) \

Definition of lowbrow

: of, relating to, or suitable for a person with little taste or intellectual interest a lowbrow horror movie

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Examples of lowbrow in a Sentence

The movie's humor is clearly meant for a lowbrow audience. at office gatherings his lowbrow humor often embarrassed his coworkers
Recent Examples on the Web Many from both parties, and the South, found Lincoln’s smutty frontier jokes and cackling enjoyment of lowbrow humor grotesquely unpresidential—never mind his uncombable hair and tendency to throw one leg over an arm of his chair. Edward Achorn, Time, "Abraham Lincoln Healed a Divided Nation. We Should Heed His Words Today.," 16 Feb. 2020 Segments of outdoor television glorify the kill, while other programs have morphed hunting culture into lowbrow reality TV. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Jim Shockey Goes Home: The Legacy of Modern Hunting’s Most Influential Celebrity," 20 Nov. 2017 But the New School’s drama program, like those at a number of schools, has been making more and more space for a medium once considered too lowbrow for M.F.A. holders. New York Times, "Playwrights Are Finding ‘Television Money’ Helps Pay the Bills," 23 Dec. 2019 The entire sketch was a risk — how many Comedy Central viewers have even seen the movie? — but the attempt at high lowbrow humor became a big hit. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "The 20 defining comedy sketches of the past 20 years," 23 Oct. 2019 The app has a reputation for promoting lowbrow clickbait. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "How TikTok Holds Our Attention," 23 Sep. 2019 Doughnuts, ever-popular, have gone from being a relatively lowbrow treat to artisanal, high-end creation, popping into the spotlight with novelty flavors, ridiculous toppings and gourmet reinventions. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "A half-dozen recipes for delectable doughnuts, coming right up," 6 June 2019 The story of the lascivious Duke, who preys on dying courtesan-entertainer Satine, who in turn falls for starving writer-artist Christian, is the lowbrow framework on which the film suspended its anachronistic pop score. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Will you love ‘Moulin Rouge!’ as a stage musical? Well, you’ll certainly fall in like.," 25 July 2019 The shadow of mortality is never very far away, even when the action shifts to the lowbrow humor of the flatulent warthog Pumbaa (voice of Seth Rogen) and his catty sidekick, Timon the meerkat (Billy Eichner). Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘The Lion King’ feels way more like ‘Hamlet’ this time — and that’s why it’s so good," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of lowbrow

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Lowbrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowbrow. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lowbrow

often disapproving : not interested in serious art, literature, ideas, etc. : relating to or intended for people who are not interested in serious art, literature, ideas, etc.

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