[ noun loh-brou; adjective loh-brou ]
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  1. a person who is uninterested, uninvolved, or uneducated in intellectual activities or pursuits.

  1. being a lowbrow: that lowbrow idiot.

  2. of, relating to, or proper to a lowbrow: lowbrow entertainment.

Origin of lowbrow

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; low1 + brow

Other words from lowbrow

  • lowbrowism, noun

Words Nearby lowbrow

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How to use lowbrow in a sentence

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

British Dictionary definitions for lowbrow


/ (ˈləʊˌbraʊ) derogatory /

  1. a person who has uncultivated or nonintellectual tastes

adjectiveAlso: lowbrowed
  1. of or characteristic of such a person

Derived forms of lowbrow

  • lowbrowism, noun

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Cultural definitions for lowbrow


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

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