low-life

lowlife

[loh-lahyf]
noun, plural lowlifes.
a despicable person, especially a degenerate or immoral person.

Origin:
1785–95; low1 + life

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lowlife (ˈləʊˌlaɪf)
 
n , pl -lifes
slang
 a.  a member or members of the underworld
 b.  (as modifier): his lowlife friends

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low-life
"disreputable, vulgar," 1794, from low (adj.) + life; as a noun, "coarse, no-good person" it is recorded from 1911. Also lowlife.
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low-life definition


  1. n.
    a low person; a repellent person. : This low-life smells like bacon.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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