[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.
a person who has uncultivated or nonintellectual tastes
of or characteristic of such a person

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.

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


: What are you always pulling that lowbrow stuff for?


A person lacking education and refinement; an ignorant lout (1902+)

[said to have been coined by the humorist Will Irwin]


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