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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?
Recent Examples on the Web
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Give us the low-down but stick to local establishments (no fast-food or chains, please). Peter Chakerian, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2023 Here's the low-down on the pros and cons of working out every day—plus guidelines for making daily exercise work for you. Andi Breitowich, Women's Health, 31 Aug. 2023 With bellies on display, there is nothing to tell the millionaire from the beggar, the low-down criminal from the most distinguished of citizens. Thomas Bunstead, Harper's Magazine, 21 Feb. 2022 Read on for the low-down. Melissa Locker, Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2023 Instead of 24 battery modules, the SUV has just 20 packaged below the floor, and that low-down mass leads to a stable feel. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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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 30 Sep. 2023.

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