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[n. loh-brou; adj. loh-brou] /n. ˈloʊˌbraʊ; adj. ˈloʊˈbraʊ/
a person who is uninterested, uninvolved, or uneducated in intellectual activities or pursuits.
being a lowbrow:
that lowbrow idiot.
of, relating to, or proper to a lowbrow:
lowbrow entertainment.
Origin of lowbrow
1905-10, Americanism; low1 + brow
Related forms
lowbrowism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lowbrow
  • Colorful sprinkles aren't lowbrow beside sifted cocoa.
  • Who was lampooned even in it's day for the lowbrow special effects.
  • The program is a mixture of high-minded politics and lowbrow comedy, with earnest but entertaining music in between.
  • Their dedication to lowbrow fun carried out with top-shelf skills makes them seem pretty generous right now.
  • If you thought fast food had to be lowbrow, think again.
British Dictionary definitions for lowbrow


a person who has uncultivated or nonintellectual tastes
of or characteristic of such a person
Derived Forms
lowbrowism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lowbrow

also low-brow, "person who is not intellectual," 1902, from low (adj.) + brow. Said to have been coined by U.S. journalist Will Irwin (1873-1948). A low brow on a man as a sign of primitive qualities was common in 19c. fiction, but it also was considered a mark of classical beauty in women.

A low brow and not a very high one is considered beautiful in woman, whereas a high brow and not a low one is the stamp of manhood. ["Medical Review," June 2, 1894]
As an adjective from 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lowbrow in Culture

lowbrow definition

Unsophisticated, uncultured, vulgar: “My blind date took me to a mud-wrestling match. What a lowbrow evening!”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for lowbrow



: What are you always pulling that lowbrow stuff for?


A person lacking education and refinement; an ignorant lout (1902+)

[said to have been coined by the humorist Will Irwin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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