down-and-out

[ doun-uh nd-out, -uh n ]
/ ˈdaʊn əndˈaʊt, -ən /

adjective

without any money, or means of support, or prospects; destitute; penniless.
without physical strength or stamina; disabled; incapacitated.
too physically weakened by repeated defeats to qualify as a competent professional boxer.

noun

Also down-and-out·er. a person who is down-and-out.

Nearby words

  1. down to the wire,
  2. down under,
  3. down with,
  4. down's syndrome,
  5. down-and-dirty,
  6. down-at-heel,
  7. down-at-the-heels,
  8. down-ballot,
  9. down-bow,
  10. down-easter

Origin of down-and-out

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for down-and-out

down-and-out

adjective

without any means of livelihood; impoverished and, often, socially outcast

noun

a person who is destitute and, often, homeless; a social outcast or derelict
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