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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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The lowlife thieves have once again caused PS100s worth of damage but left empty handed as NO MONEY is kept in any of our shops overnight anymore
Karin McLelland added: "She might have come to court smirking but she left crying like the cowardly lowlife she is.
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.
Yet football clubs the world over employ stewards who are always happy to enforce petty regulations - and who hardly ever act by ejecting the lowlife who spew out racist language or other vile insults.
ACCORDING to a report in the Chronicle, a 75-year-old woman suffering from dementia was conned out of pounds 2,400 by a couple of lowlife villains who ended up in court.
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.