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low·​down ˈlō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce lowdown (audio)
: the inside facts : dope
gave us the lowdown on the situation


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: contemptible, base
a low-down dirty liar
: deeply emotional
low-down blues

Examples of lowdown in a Sentence

Noun have you heard the lowdown on the new chairman of the department? Adjective of all the low-down tricks that have ever been played in the history of that game
Recent Examples on the Web
Ditching your wife for the empty promise of an online affair is a rotten, cowardly, lowdown way out. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 Lab lowdown: Our testers loved the convenience of meals and that everything just needed to be quickly re-heated, no additional preparation was necessary just heat and serve. goodhousekeeping.com, 18 May 2023
With its spacious, cheery dining room, friendly staff and a fun bar (even in the daytime), the fact that this downtown taqueria escapes me sometimes is a low-down dirty shame. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 20 Feb. 2024 Keep reading to get the low-down on what experts recommend in the new year. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 30 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for lowdown 

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Word History

First Known Use


1905, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lowdown was in 1850

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“Lowdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowdown. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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low·​down ˈlō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce lowdown (audio)
: reliable information
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