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 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 Get the lowdown on tickets and pricing here: www.rocksnowpark.com/tubing. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Maple tapping workshop on tap at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin," 19 Feb. 2018 To get the full itinerary lowdown and to reserve your spot, click the link in my bio! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Grab Your Girlfriends: Drew and Jonathan Scott Just Announced A Property Brothers Cruise," 23 Apr. 2018 His memoirs of more than a million words give readers the lowdown on the high life of the time. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Two Museums Conjure the Days When Fans Were in the Air," 6 Apr. 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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