downers

downer

[dou-ner]
noun
1.
Informal.
a.
a depressant or sedative drug, especially a barbiturate.
b.
a depressing experience, person, or situation.
2.
Animal Husbandry. an old or diseased animal, especially one that cannot stand up.

Origin:
1910–15, Americanism, for an earlier sense; 1965–70, for def 1; down1 + -er1

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downer (ˈdaʊnə)
 
n
1.  Compare upper Also called: down a barbiturate, tranquillizer, or narcotic
2.  a depressing experience
3.  a state of depression: he's on a downer today

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downer
1966 in sense of "barbiturate;" 1970 in sense of "depressing person." From down (adv.).
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downer down·er (dou'nər)
n.
A depressant or sedative drug, such as a barbiturate or tranquilizer.

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