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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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

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The genre began as a form of entertainment that appealed to both society’s poor and its elite, even though it was considered trashy, lowbrow, taboo, and a kind of yellow journalism. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 In other words, there’s plenty to reinforce Sandler’s reputation as a relatively lowbrow goof. Karen Han, Vox, "Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh is a surprising, refreshingly earnest standup special," 28 Oct. 2018 So, either there’s one in New York magazine that’s despicable and lowbrow and highbrow. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Startup advisor Elad Gil is worried that we’re losing our ability to be optimistic about tech," 20 Aug. 2018 There’s a highbrow/lowbrow theme to the menu, steered with aplomb by Executive Chef Martha Wiggins. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 Embedded in his paintings and surreal installations are images of graffiti, lowriders, dogs and elements of the rasquache (or lowbrow). Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Police violence paintings, a gallery's 25th and enduring images of a photojournalist's life," 21 June 2018 Trying to capture these readers considered too lowbrow by his father, Norman Chandler launched an afternoon tabloid, The Mirror, in 1948. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 Colliau has even added to the menu a Long Island Iced Tea ($10), maybe the most lowbrow cocktail ever. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s Interval puts the fern bar on a cocktail menu," 20 June 2018 Until the late 20th century, Mexico consumed more aged Spanish brandy and whiskey than tequila, which was regarded as a lowbrow spirit even its homeland. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Picking an Extra Añejo Tequila Takes Extra Care," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lowbrow

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lowbrow was in 1907

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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