[doun-uh nd-out, -uh n]


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.


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

Origin of down-and-out

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for down-and-outer

beggar, bum, derelict, down-and-out, have-not, indigent, pauper, tramp, vagabond, vagrant

Examples from the Web for down-and-outer

Historical Examples of down-and-outer

  • Keep a civil tongue in your head, you down-and-outer, or I'll throw you out!

    The Land of Strong Men

    Arthur M. Chisholm

British Dictionary definitions for down-and-outer



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


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