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lowdown \low"down`\, low-down \low"-down`\n. true confidential information.

Syn: details, dope, poop, inside dope, inside information.


lowdown \low"down`\, low-down \low"-down`\a. of the most contemptible kind; contemptible; mean; base; vile; -- of people or the actions of people; as, a lowdown sneak thief.

Syn: abject, base, despicable, low, lowdown, miserable, vile.

2. having the soulful feeling of early blues; -- of jazz.

Syn: funky.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also low down, lowdown, "vulgar," 1888, from low (adj.) + down (adv.). Earlier it meant "humble" (1540s). As a noun, 1915, from the adjective, American English.


a. (context idiomatic slang US English) Of no value. alt. (context idiomatic slang US English) Of no value.

  1. adj. of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick" [syn: abject, low, miserable, scummy, scurvy]

  2. (of jazz) having the soulful feeling of early blues [syn: funky]

  3. n. slang terms for inside information; "is that the straight dope?" [syn: dope, poop, the skinny]

Usage examples of "low-down".

The low-down thing was your bribing Ab Trussel first with spiced plums.

The low-down class--the clayeaters--on the other hand, almost always abused their prisoners, and sometimes, it is pretty certain, murdered them in cold blood.

They don't trust strangers, and even though Morton is a low-down, no-good son of a bitch, he's still a Colton, so they trust him to do this job, which he does very well, by the way.

All right, so I'm a brat, I used a low-down, dirty trick: but if I hadn't, you'd be dead by now!

Breckinridge Elkins, I'll tell yore pap about this, you big, lazy, good-for-nothin', low-down, ornery—"

Now an' then I caught somethin' like low-down an' sneak an' four-flush an' long-haired skunk, but for the most part they was just the cussedest kind of names.

An' I'm ashamed of my country -- offerin' two sich purty gurls insults an' low-down tricks.

She's an endless fount of low-down inside stuff, the juiciest morsel of which was that Jimmy Lorenzo had been indiscreetly sleeping with-"slipping it to" was Linda's way of phrasing it-Laurel Lee Palmer, the floozy platinum-blond wife of Ty Palmer, the executive producer of "Look.

I thought it all out, and reckoned I would belong to the widow's if he wanted me, though I couldn't make out how he was a-going to be any better off then than what he was before, seeing I was so ignorant, and so kind of low-down and ornery.

After six years in Fleet 397 Street, Janey was virtually unshockable and during dinner on the Friday she arrived, kept both Rupert and Billy in stitches, providing wildly inaccurate low-down on the sex lives of leading public figures.

There was still a hundred miles between us and the Germans but all sorts of nasty low-down tikes began to snipe us from the house-tops.