a depressant or sedative drug, especially a barbiturate.
a depressing experience, person, or situation.
Animal Husbandry. an old or diseased animal, especially one that cannot stand up.
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How to use downer in a sentence
Despite Tea’s no-holds-barred stories of these difficulties, “Knocking Myself UP” is far from a downer.
It’s really hard because you don’t want to be the downer when your whole community is based around this idea of stoke.
This can make my time in the outdoors a bit of a bummer or even a real downer.
On the one hand, it’s a relief that Another Round isn’t the bleak downer you think it’s going to be, a story about a man ruined by alcoholism.Mads Mikkelson Can Do Anything. But He's Stuck in the Boring Oscar-Nominated Another Round | Stephanie Zacharek | March 19, 2021 | Time
Stream it on Hulu This quirky and quiet adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ 2012 young adult novel sounds like a real downer.The Best Teen Rom-Coms to Watch After You Finish the To All the Boys Trilogy | Annabel Gutterman | February 12, 2021 | Time
But—not to be a Debbie downer here—your death and my death are inevitable.
Unlike steroids, which make a guy crazy, HGH is mostly a quality-of-life downer.Is HGH, Allegedly Alex Rodriguez’s Drug of Choice, Really So Bad? | Kent Sepkowitz | August 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
France does not like to see it described as an AIDS documentary, which inevitably sounds like something of a downer.New Documentary ‘How to Survive a Plague’ Details ACT UP’s Heroic Role in AIDS Battle | Stephen Farber | September 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
On top of everything else, I do not want to seem like the Debbie downer in this scenario.
Few political watchers thought Romney would wrap anything up Tuesday, but the returns must still have come as a bit of a downer.
The accompanying portrait is from an oil painting in the possession of his grand-daughter, Mrs. Samuel downer, of Dorchester.Tea Leaves | Various
There was downer, a little Freshman, white with the excitement of his first public performance.At Start and Finish | William Lindsey
Here Dr. Eliphalet downer, in single combat with a soldier, killed him with a bayonet.
“Very well, Jerry downer; you are dismissed,” and he waved Jerry out of the room.Miss Ashton's New Pupil | Mrs. S. S. Robbins
Last fall I potted some of the downer, and in the winter grew them in the house.Locusts and Wild Honey | John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for downer
Also called: down a barbiturate, tranquillizer, or narcotic: Compare upper
a depressing experience
a state of depression: he's on a downer today
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