low·​brow | \ˈlō-ˌbrau̇ \

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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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 Leave it to Tyler, the Creator to incorporate a somewhat lowbrow pairing into an otherwise dapper look. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Tyler, the Creator Miraculously Makes Socks and Sandals Look Cool Together," 4 June 2018 Embedded in his paintings and surreal installations were images of graffiti, lowriders, dogs and elements of the rasquache (or lowbrow). Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Videos of the female figure, an autobiographical exhibit and paintings of immigrant terrains," 17 May 2018 Here’s a look at three companies that are helping sheds to shed their lowbrow reputation. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "Backyard Sheds Go Upscale," 1 May 2018 The distinction between highbrow and lowbrow celebrities was once totally uncrossable, but the Bling Ring was obsessed with these second-tier stars. Jessica Goldstein, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: This Bling Ring Member’s Voice-mail Meltdown," 16 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

: 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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