- a despicable person, especially a degenerate or immoral person.
Origin of lowlife
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Examples from the Web for low-life
Only, when some low-life like Dreer says this is a rotten school I don't care for it.Left Tackle Thayer
Ralph Henry Barbour
Gillian throws a rolling-pin at ye turnspit's head, and we call it low-life; but we looke for such unmannerlinesse in the kitchen.
But they are not more characteristic than his low-life pictures of itinerant players and singers.The Standard Galleries - Holland
They are now extinguished by the low-life novel; the most intolerable of all earthly realities.
- a member or members of the underworld
- (as modifier)his lowlife friends
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Word Origin and History for low-life
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