low·​down | \ ˈlō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce lowdown (audio) \

Definition of lowdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


\ ˈlō-(ˌ)dau̇n How to pronounce low-down (audio) \

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

GH Lab lowdown: Few ingredients are used as-is from nature. Good Housekeeping, "The Real Meaning of Clean Beauty, According to Scientists," 11 Apr. 2019 Here's the lowdown: the pair initially struggled with conceiving, which lead them to consider adoption in 2016. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Everything to Know About Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins' Adorable Kids," 7 Apr. 2019 Here's the lowdown on what's happening with everyone's favorite host. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Truth About Ellen DeGeneres Leaving Her Talk Show," 15 Jan. 2019 Up to a point, that describes the foundation, with its fetishized lowdown materials like chipboard and orange construction fencing and slightly out-of-the-way location, south of the city’s center. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 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

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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

informal : morally bad : dishonest and unfair

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