Definition of lowlife in US English:



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

    ‘crackheads, loafers, and general Nineties low life’
    • ‘Apparently, low-life scum hurled stones at it till all but one of its 10 rings had been smashed.’
    • ‘‘Their place is going to be crawling with bodyguards and other low-life goons,’ he mumbled.’
    • ‘They had been treated like some kind of low-life animals.’
    • ‘Pattaya is a tourist city and we cannot have such low-life criminals attacking tourists.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he looks exactly like 1000 other low-life street punks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Get your low-life buddies to trash your rival and then appear above it all at your own convention.’
    • ‘From the beginning of his career Shakespeare made use of low-life characters as moral commentators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That you are banned from the shops because you are a grubby, low-life thief.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ford, playing a low-life hustler who cheats at cards and dice, has a soft, dark, sensuous look, sensitive rather than intelligent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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