Will the next few hours be both didactic and entertaining, providing us with ample high and lowbrow cocktail party fodder?
We mixed highbrow and lowbrow, the celebrated and the not-yet-celebrated.
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.
Unsophisticated, uncultured, vulgar: “My blind date took me to a mud-wrestling match. What a lowbrow evening!”
: 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]