Green’s Dictionary of Slang

low adj.

(US) quiet, discreet.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

low-ass (adj.)

[2000s] (US) lowly.


see separate entries.

low-bite (n.)

[1990s+] (W.I.) an upper class person who likes working class pursuits.

low-bottom (adj.) [2000s] (US)

1. of a person, filthy, impoverished.

2. criminal, aggressive.

low-count (adj.)

[1970s] (US drugs) of a measure of drugs, under-weight.

low countries (n.)

see separate entry.

low dice (n.)

fixed dice that will always show low numbers.


see separate entry.

low five

see separate entries.

low-flung (adj.)

[mid–late 19C] (US) of low character or social position.

low-flying birdie (n.)

[2000s] Famous Grouse Scotch whisky.

low forehead (n.)

[1900s] (US) a foolish person.

low gagger (n.)

[late 18C] (UK Und.) a confidence trickster who elicits compassion (and money) by pretending to be hurt in some way.

low Greek (n.) [Greek n. (8)]

[1960s+] (gay) heterosexual intercourse (because the vagina is lower than the anus).


see separate entry.

low jump (n.) [play on high jump n. (3)]

[1960s+] (Aus.) a magistrate’s court.

lowland (n.)

[1930s–70s] (US black) the area of a city, usu. the south, where the black ghetto is generally sited.

lowlands (n.)

[late 18C–19C] the female genitals.


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lowmen (n.)

[mid-16C–early 19C] fixed dice that will always show low numbers.

low nation (n.) [-nation sfx]

[20C+] (W.I.) a low-caste East Indian.

low-neck hack (n.) (also low-neck cab)

[1900s-50s] (US) an open-topped horse-drawn cab.

low pad (n.) [pad n.1 (3); as opposed to high pad under high adj.1 ]

[late 17C–early 19C] (UK Und.) a footpad; ‘a base Sheep-stealing, half-penny Rogue’ (Head 1674); thus low-padding n., petty thievery.

low pro (n.) [abbr.]

[1990s+] (US black) a low profile.

low quarters (n.)

[1930s–70s] (US black) Oxford shoes, with laces over the instep.

low-rate (v.)

[20C+] (US black/Southern) to attack verbally, to criticize, to denigrate, to ridicule.

low rent

see separate entries.


see separate entries.

low-run (adj.)

[1950s+] (W.I.) untrustworthy, hypocritical.

low tide (n.) (also low water, low water mark) [the image of one’s economic ‘vessel’ being stranded by low tide]

[early 17C–1920s] a state of financial difficulty, thus be in low tide v.

low-toby (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

get low (v.) [a reverse pun on the usu. get high under high adj.1 with other drugs, due to the relaxing effects of marijuana]

1. [1980s+] (US campus) to smoke marijuana.

2. [2000s] to inject a narcotic.

keep a low (one) (v.)

[2010s] to act unobtrusively, to maintain a low profile.

low in the lay (adj.) [SE lay low, to knock down]

[mid-19C–1910s] extremely poor.

low (man) on the totem pole (n.) (also low man on the ladder) [an image of Native American hierarchy]

[1940s+] inferior, second-rate, in a junior or uninfluential position at work.

low neck and short sleeves (n.) [the foreskin is the ‘sleeves’]

[1940s+] (gay) a circumcised penis.

take low (v.)

[late 19C+] (W.I./US black) to adopt a humble attitude in order to forward one’s aims.