lowbrow

adjective

low·​brow ˈlō-ˌbrau̇ How to pronounce lowbrow (audio)
: of, relating to, or suitable for a person with little taste or intellectual interest
a lowbrow horror movie
lowbrow noun

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 Photograph: Pit Viper The lowbrow humor is strong with Pit Viper. Nicole Gull McElroy, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 First: There just isn’t a whole lot to say about this deliberately lowbrow, gleefully low-budget expansion of Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp’s half-hour stage play, originally performed by the duo in 2015 under the auspices of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv and sketch comedy group. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 In short, Manliness is not the lowbrow male supremacy that bubbles up from the manosphere into the pages of The American Mind. Katherine Stewart, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2023 Plus their daughter Romy (Simone Hazanavicius), herself a Tarantino-loving budding auteur, is crazy about the hot young actor (Finnegan Oldfield) who happens to be starring in this lowbrow gem. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2023 Unlike other wellness trends, though, this meal is absurdly simple and decidedly lowbrow. Stephanie McNeal, Glamour, 5 July 2023 Margot Robbie, playing Barbie, is clad in an exact re-creation of the original Barbie’s outfit; Gerwig is clearly thinking about the interplay between highbrow and lowbrow, between art and commercialism. Vulture, 25 May 2023 Based on a motley collection of characters from Marvel Comics’ history, the Guardians of the Galaxy movies had previously demonstrated a Tarantino-esque affinity for the lowbrow culture of the pre-internet era. Vulture, 10 May 2023 The lowbrow art movement celebrates art from street culture that is more popular and accessible. Elizabeth Myong, Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lowbrow was in 1907

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“Lowbrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowbrow. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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lowbrow

adjective
low·​brow -ˌbrau̇ How to pronounce lowbrow (audio)
: of, relating to, or suitable for a person without intellectual interests or culture
lowbrow noun

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