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n. pl. low·lifes also low·lives (-līvz′)
A person of low social status or moral character: "explores a world of London lowlifes in sinister prosperity" (Times Literary Supplement).

low′-life′ adj.


n, pl -lifes
a. a member or members of the underworld
b. (as modifier): his lowlife friends.



n., pl. -lifes.
1. a disreputable person.
2. a stratum of society composed of lowlifes.
low′-life`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lowlife - a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptiblelowlife - a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible; "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
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I hope will all my heart that these lowlife are found and arrested and, regardless of their age, put away for a long time.
WHILE lowlife politicians slug it out for the right to waste our money and tell us what to do for the next five years, Mother Nature has been playing a blinder.
A STORY in the Record about Rangers Supporters' Erskine Appeal stepping in to replace Poppy fundraising cash stolen from a chip shop counter in Sunderland by a hooded lowlife sparked interest from our online readers.
Hashtag awkward as minor celebrity bed-wetter Charlotte Crosby theatrically stormed out of a Canadian religious community amid a heated row over her lowlife past.
It's a shame, because we should be beyond that kind of lowlife behaviour.
He's a cop who moonlights as a hit man and he's recruited by lowlife father and son Thomas Haden Church and Emile Hirsch to kill the family's estranged matriarch for life insurance cash.
Take for example the Syrian lowlife who, before the recent confrontations, went to Washington to offer the Americans and the lobby his cooperation against the government of his country (I say again: This predated the current confrontations).
The management of the Emirates Palace Hotel in oil-soaked Abu Dhabi would never have such a lowlife thing as a vending machine in the lobby of their establishment.
Taxi arrives so does a total lowlife and his scabby sidekick girlfriend.
VERDICT: High heels and high times destroyed by lowlife snappers (Harper, pounds 7.
Yes, we have had a bit of a setback with the lowlife who torched our car, but we are not giving up our fight for a better and safer estate.