lowbrow

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Etymology[edit]

From low and brow, Americanism, circa 1902. Refers to the (by that time discredited) pseudoscience of phrenology, which suggested that a person of low intelligence and sophistication would possess a lower brow-line than someone of greater intelligence and sophistication.

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lowbrow (comparative more lowbrow, superlative most lowbrow)

  1. Unsophisticated, not intended for an audience of intelligence, education or culture.
    The Three Stooges are known for their lowbrow slapstick humor consisting of foolish action for the masses.

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lowbrow (plural lowbrows)

  1. Someone or something of low education or culture.

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