lowbrow

adjective
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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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 Early on, conservatives dismissed her work as lowbrow woo-woo. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid," 5 July 2019 Granny panties had officially infiltrated the culture in ways both highbrow and lowbrow. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 Every whisky drinker—whether connoisseur or casual—needs a go-to bottle, a standby that will reliably reside behind every airport bar, in every hotel lobby, at every highbrow restaurant and lowbrow dive bar alike. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of lowbrow

1907, in the meaning defined above

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lowbrow

adjective

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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