[noun loh-doun; adjective loh-doun]Informal.


the real and unadorned facts; the true, secret, or inside information (usually preceded by the): We gave them the lowdown on the new housing project.


contemptible; base; mean: a lowdown trick.
low, especially socially or morally; degraded.

Origin of lowdown

First recorded in 1540–50; low1 + down1
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Examples from the Web for lowdown

Contemporary Examples of lowdown

  • Lowdown Mr. Lee trained the elephants to shoot mud and water from their trunks whenever threatened.

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    How Palin Will Change the GOP

    Stanley Crouch

    October 14, 2008

Historical Examples of lowdown

  • He could be lowdown and vulgar enough to ask right out if he wished.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • One is lowdown and contemptible and nasty, and the other is expedient.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • You stinkin, lowdown Mick, youve been givin us dirt all winter.

    The Boss of Wind River

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • He treated me mighty sorry—it was lowdown and mean all the way through, the way he done me—but I didn't mean him no real harm.

  • En you ain't got no mo' feelin' den to come en tell me, dat fetched sich a po' lowdown ornery rabbit into de worl'!

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)