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[doun-loh] /ˈdaʊnˈloʊ/ Slang.
of or pertaining to men who secretly or discreetly have sex with other men:
She once dated a down-low guy.
on the down low,
  1. (of a man) secretly or discreetly engaging in sex with other men.
  2. secret; discreet:
    Okay I'll tell you, but keep it on the down-low.
Origin of down-low
First recorded in 1990-95; down1 + low1 Unabridged
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  • down low; down low; down low,” came whispered back from man to man.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • down low, so low none dream of it, lies that will make you rich.

    Jessica, the Heiress

    Evelyn Raymond
  • Uncle Frank flashed the lantern up high and down low, but no goat was to be seen.

    The Curlytops Snowed In Howard R. Garis
  • Of course, those that are down low are all cows and calves, but I reckon that if we get up high we will find the bulls.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • Then he happened to look over the side of the tent, which had been let down low, to allow the breeze to come in.

  • Is there more'n one feller in all Riverport that would get down low enough to be back of a job like that?

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • I'll tie it up in my handkerchief and try to drop it right onto the raft, if you get us down low enough.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
Contemporary definitions for down low

(used with the) secrecy, low profile; a life or world of secrecy; abbr. DL; also written down-low


Keep this on the down-low.

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of, for, or having to do with men concealing homosexual tendencies


a down-low dating service


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