- a depressant or sedative drug, especially a barbiturate.
- a depressing experience, person, or situation.
Origin of downer
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Contemporary Examples of downer
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
September 26, 2012
Few political watchers thought Romney would wrap anything up Tuesday, but the returns must still have come as a bit of a downer.Super Tuesday: Mitt Romney’s Senior Citizen Surge
March 7, 2012
Seemingly, some of the cast members learned how to spot the STD, which appears to be quite the downer.The Real Jersey Dictionary, Vol. 2
October 21, 2010
That's not to send a message that next season's going to be a downer, because it won't be.Big Love's Big Finale
March 7, 2010
It has led, a downer for us frequent fliers, to yet another James Patterson bestseller.Do I Have to Read James Patterson?
January 2, 2010
Historical Examples of downer
Last fall I potted some of the Downer, and in the winter grew them in the house.
Some berries shine, the Downer glows as if there were a red bloom upon it.
Make him lively, cook him; tell him who taught you; a downer to him, and I'll marry you to-morrow!'The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete
Here was a great mortgage on the Downer farm, that the Eastmans had partly cut into city lots.Hope Mills
Amanda M. Douglas
Downer's Cleaning and Polishing Oil for bright metals, is the oldest and best in the market.
1966 in sense of "barbiturate;" 1970 in sense of "depressing person;" agent noun from down (v.).