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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of lowdown in a Sentence

Noun have you heard the lowdown on the new chairman of the department?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the lowdown on this easy, sweet bread, head to Voraciously. Washington Post, "These are the 5 recipes our readers loved most this week," 1 Nov. 2019 Here’s the lowdown: These plants are poisonous and should never be ingested: ● chrysanthemum ● daffodil ● holly ● hyacinth ● ivy ● mistletoe ● mountain laurel If your pet chews on any of these plants, contact your veterinarian immediately. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: These plants are pretty … poisonous," 14 Dec. 2019 Here’s the lowdown: Ring Video Doorbells are up to 35 percent off, and a lot of them come with free Amazon devices, including the Echo Dot and Fire TV Cube. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Today Only, You Can Get A Free Amazon Echo if You Buy A Ring Video Doorbell," 2 Dec. 2019 Here’s the lowdown on the Hornets' current crop of fantasy options with their updated prices. SI.com, "Watford Fantasy Football: Every Hornets Player’s Price in 2019/20 Game Revealed," 11 July 2019 The lowdown on hu tieu, the Chinese-Vietnamese-Cambodian noodles that come in so many variations. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: In the Carolinas, a hurricane rages on," 6 Sep. 2019 Keep reading for the lowdown on all of these Netflix treats, complete with trailers. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "This Is Exactly How You Should Binge Stranger Things This Weekend," 5 July 2019 The lowdown: No way Fitzpatrick should have made it to the eleventh pick. Eddie Brown, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 NFL draft grades for all 32 teams," 9 May 2018 Watch the video above to get the animal kingdom's lowdown on rugby's showpiece occasion. Celine Ramseyer And Matias Grez, CNN, "Rugby World Cup final predictions: Animal edition," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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“Lowdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowdown?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=lowdow01. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of low-down

informal : morally bad : dishonest and unfair

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