downer

[ dou-ner ]
/ ˈdaʊ nər /

noun

Informal.
  1. a depressant or sedative drug, especially a barbiturate.
  2. a depressing experience, person, or situation.
Animal Husbandry. an old or diseased animal, especially one that cannot stand up.

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Origin of downer

1910–15, Americanism, for an earlier sense; 1965–70, for def 1; down1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for downer

downer

/ (ˈdaʊnə) /

noun slang

Also called: down a barbiturate, tranquillizer, or narcoticCompare upper
a depressing experience
a state of depressionhe's on a downer today

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Medicine definitions for downer

downer

[ dounər ]

n.

A depressant or sedative drug, such as a barbiturate or tranquilizer.

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