noun (plural lowlifes; also lowlives) Date: 1911 1. a person of low social status 2. a person of low moral character • low-life adjective

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  • lowlife — [lō′līf΄] Informal n. 1. pl. lowlifes a vulgar, coarse, or undignified person: also lowlifer 2. lowlifes collectively or their milieu adj. of or characteristic of a lowlife; low class …   English World dictionary

  • lowlife — UK [ˈləʊˌlaɪf] / US [ˈloʊˌlaɪf] noun Word forms lowlife : singular lowlife plural lowlifes informal a) [countable] a bad person, especially a criminal b) [uncountable] criminals and their activities …   English dictionary

  • lowlife — n American a disreputable and/or contemptible per son. A fashionable term of the 1970s which was adopted by some British speakers to refer to those considered socially unacceptable. ► Jesus, Katy, what are you doing with this lowlife? …   Contemporary slang

  • lowlife — a person without morals or humanitarian values    What a lowlife! He sold drugs to children …   English idioms

  • lowlife — /loh luyf /, n., pl. lowlifes. a despicable person, esp. a degenerate or immoral person. [1785 95; LOW1 + LIFE] * * * …   Universalium

  • lowlife — noun An untrustworthy, despicable, or disreputable person, especially one suspected of being a criminal. They say all the lowlifes used to hang out at the docks and plot their despicable crimes, before being elected to public office …   Wiktionary

  • lowlife — Synonyms and related words: Bowery bum, bastard, beachcomber, beggar, beggarly fellow, blackguard, blighter, budmash, bum, bummer, caitiff, derelict, devil, drifter, drunkard, good for naught, good for nothing, heel, hobo, human wreck, knave,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lowlife — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. bum, good for nothing, wastrel. See badness …   English dictionary for students

  • lowlife — low|life [ lou,laıf ] noun INFORMAL count a bad person, especially a criminal a. uncount criminals and their activities …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lowlife — n. contemptible person, immoral person …   English contemporary dictionary

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