[ noun loh-brou; adjective loh-brou ]
/ noun ˈloʊˌbraʊ; adjective ˈloʊˈbraʊ /


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

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

Related forms

low·brow·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lowbrow


/ (ˈləʊˌbraʊ) derogatory /


a person who has uncultivated or nonintellectual tastes

adjective Also: lowbrowed

of or characteristic of such a person

Derived Forms

lowbrowism, noun
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Culture definitions for lowbrow


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

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