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lowbrow

[noun loh-brou; adjective loh-brou]
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noun
  1. a person who is uninterested, uninvolved, or uneducated in intellectual activities or pursuits.
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adjective
  1. being a lowbrow: that lowbrow idiot.
  2. of, relating to, or proper to a lowbrow: lowbrow entertainment.
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Origin of lowbrow

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; low1 + brow
Related formslow·brow·ism, noun
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Related Words for lowbrow

uncivilized, cruel, inhuman, barbarous, brutal, unschooled, illiterate, ignorant, boorish, churlish, vulgar, stupid, rude, wild, primitive, rough, Philistine, lowbrow, barbaric, coarse

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  • When I came to I found myself in that room, with one lowbrow on guard.

  • As I was saying when this lowbrow interrupted me, I was thinking that it might be a good idea to go nutting.

  • 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

    George Fitch


British Dictionary definitions for lowbrow

lowbrow

noun
  1. a person who has uncultivated or nonintellectual tastes
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adjective Also: lowbrowed
  1. of or characteristic of such a person
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Derived Formslowbrowism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lowbrow

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lowbrow in Culture

lowbrow

Unsophisticated, uncultured, vulgar: “My blind date took me to a mud-wrestling match. What a lowbrow evening!”

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