- a person who is uninterested, uninvolved, or uneducated in intellectual activities or pursuits.
- being a lowbrow: that lowbrow idiot.
- of, relating to, or proper to a lowbrow: lowbrow entertainment.
Origin of lowbrow
Related Words for lowbrowuncivilized, cruel, inhuman, barbarous, brutal, unschooled, illiterate, ignorant, boorish, churlish, vulgar, stupid, rude, wild, primitive, rough, Philistine, lowbrow, barbaric, coarse
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Contemporary Examples of lowbrow
Will the next few hours be both didactic and entertaining, providing us with ample high and lowbrow cocktail party fodder?From ‘American Hustle’ to ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ Why Is Hollywood Hooked On Embellishing the Truth?
Marina Watts, Marlow Stern
January 8, 2014
We mixed highbrow and lowbrow, the celebrated and the not-yet-celebrated.Charles Michener on Newsweek’s Cultural Edge
December 24, 2012
Historical Examples of lowbrow
When I came to I found myself in that room, with one lowbrow on guard.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron
J. W. Duffield
As I was saying when this lowbrow interrupted me, I was thinking that it might be a good idea to go nutting.The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass
It was one of our chief delights to watch Frankling grind his teeth when some lowbrow—as he called them—drew her name.At Good Old Siwash
- a person who has uncultivated or nonintellectual tastes
- of or characteristic of such a person
Word Origin and History for lowbrow
also low-brow, "person who is not intellectual," 1902, from low (adj.) + brow. Said to have been coined by U.S. journalist Will Irwin (1873-1948). A low brow on a man as a sign of primitive qualities was common in 19c. fiction, but it also was considered a mark of classical beauty in women.
A low brow and not a very high one is considered beautiful in woman, whereas a high brow and not a low one is the stamp of manhood. ["Medical Review," June 2, 1894]
As an adjective from 1913.
Unsophisticated, uncultured, vulgar: “My blind date took me to a mud-wrestling match. What a lowbrow evening!”