Definition of lowlife in English:

lowlife

(also low life)

noun

  • People or activities characterized as being disreputable and often criminal.

    ‘crackheads, loafers, and general nineties low life’
    • ‘It had not spent years polishing the party's image, making it attractive to the electorate, only to have it tarnished by a bunch of low-life crooks.’
    • ‘I've worked and lived in the city for many years - it's disgusting that I'm being driven out because of low-life thieves and hooligans.’
    • ‘That you are banned from the shops because you are a grubby, low-life thief.’
    • ‘Expect ripe language, prostitution, low-life characters, black marketeering, drug abuse and more - but there may be a little bit of romanticism even in this grim tale.’
    • ‘Apparently, low-life scum hurled stones at it till all but one of its 10 rings had been smashed.’
    • ‘Pattaya is a tourist city and we cannot have such low-life criminals attacking tourists.’
    • ‘Eight UK websites have been forced to shut down following an investigation into low-life scam operations that make claims that prove to be ‘too good to be true’.’
    • ‘They had been treated like some kind of low-life animals.’
    • ‘Ford, playing a low-life hustler who cheats at cards and dice, has a soft, dark, sensuous look, sensitive rather than intelligent.’
    • ‘This dark and dingy thriller tells of an ex-con struggling to piece together his life, reconcile with his father, reunite with his girlfriend and avoid his former low-life colleagues as he goes in search of his ill-gotten gains.’
    • ‘I know many administrators face the problem of allowing only certain authorized individuals access to their mail server without making it a relay for low-life spammers.’
    • ‘I spoke to an adult to complain about the children and was told I was low-life scum and that they would burn my caravan down.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he looks exactly like 1000 other low-life street punks.’
    • ‘Get your low-life buddies to trash your rival and then appear above it all at your own convention.’
    • ‘‘Their place is going to be crawling with bodyguards and other low-life goons,’ he mumbled.’
    • ‘We knew instinctively that we had overcome almost everything a brutal, racist country threw at us; and such a motley collection of low-life thugs had no right to feel superior to anyone.’
    • ‘From the beginning of his career Shakespeare made use of low-life characters as moral commentators.’
    • ‘There is nothing to deter any of these low-life creatures who abduct, abuse and murder children, attack and rape the elderly, terrorise and rob shopkeepers or commit any one of the many horrific crimes one hears about these days.’
    • ‘No, YOU were about ready to have the time of your life, snarled Katrina, with that disgusting man… a low-life murderer and a scoundrel.’
    • ‘Unlike other kinds of theft where the principal beneficiaries are the thief and other low-life cretins, here the person who benefits the most is another contractor.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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Pronunciation:

lowlife

/ˈlōlīf/