low·​down | \ ˈlō-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of lowdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the inside facts : dope gave us the lowdown on the situation


\ ˈlō-(ˌ)dau̇n \

Definition of low-down (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lowdown

Synonyms: Noun

411 [slang], book, dope, inside, poop [slang], scoop, skinny [slang], tip

Synonyms: Adjective

base, contemptible, currish, despicable, detestable, dirty, dishonorable, execrable, ignoble, ignominious, low, low-minded, mean, nasty, paltry, snide, sordid, vile, wretched

Antonyms: Adjective

high, high-minded, honorable, lofty, noble, straight, upright, venerable, virtuous

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Examples of lowdown in a Sentence


have you heard the lowdown on the new chairman of the department?

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here's the lowdown on seat size, pricing, and how good your back will feel: What's the difference between premium plus and economy plus? Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "United's New 'Premium Plus' Seats Are Like Mini-Recliners," 3 Dec. 2018 Here's the lowdown on all things American Idol season 2 so far: American Idol season 2 is set to return in March 2019. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Will Change in Some Major Ways When the New Season Starts in 2019," 19 Nov. 2018 Here's the complete lowdown: Dancing With the Stars season 27 will premiere September 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About the Cast and Judges of 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27," 9 Aug. 2018 Here's the lowdown on a couple of series within Detroit's city limits. Erin Podolsky, Detroit Free Press, "Summer concert series offer free music under the sun and stars," 13 June 2018 Here's the lowdown on what's worth knowing ahead of Saturday's match: Previous Encounter The duo's fortunes were in complete contrast to now in late November as Southampton thumped a sorry looking Everton side 4-1 on the south coast. SI.com, "Everton vs Southampton Preview: Past Meeting, Recent Form, Team News, Prediction & More," 4 May 2018 Tiffany had to get the lowdown and of course went right up to Beyoncé to get the scoop. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "6 Times Tiffany Haddish Shared a Little Bit Too Much Information," 26 June 2018 But here’s the lowdown on that: The United States has 28,500 troops permanently based in South Korea. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "An inside look at the Trump-Kim summit," 21 June 2018 The article accompanying part one will also give you the lowdown on this experimental melding of Ars Technica’s written pages with a long-form podcast series. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break, part three: Woolly mammoths and synthetic meat," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of lowdown


1905, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lowdown was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of low-down

: morally bad : dishonest and unfair

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