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[noun loh-brou; adjective loh-brou] /noun ˈloʊˌbraʊ; adjective 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
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; low1 + brow
Related forms
lowbrowism, noun Unabridged
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  • When I came to I found myself in that room, with one lowbrow on guard.

  • As I was saying when this lowbrow interrupted me, I was thinking that it might be a good idea to go nutting.

  • It was one of our chief delights to watch Frankling grind his teeth when some lowbrow—as he called them—drew her name.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for lowbrow


a person who has uncultivated or nonintellectual tastes
of or characteristic of such a person
Derived Forms
lowbrowism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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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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