lowlife

[loh-lahyf]
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Origin of lowlife

First recorded in 1785–95; low1 + life
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British Dictionary definitions for low-life

lowlife

noun plural -lifes
  1. slang
    1. a member or members of the underworld
    2. (as modifier)his lowlife friends
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Word Origin and History for low-life
adj.

"disreputable, vulgar," 1794, from low (adj.) + life; as a noun, "coarse, no-good person" it is recorded from 1911. Also lowlife.

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