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downer

Line breaks: down¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnə
 
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Definition of downer in English:

noun

informal
1 (usually downers) A depressant or tranquillizing drug, especially a barbiturate: during that week I was heavily doped on downers
More example sentences
  • So-called benzos - benzodiazepines include prescription downers such as Valium and Xanax - are commonly mixed with methadone.
  • It should never be used at the same time as any other depressant such as downers, alcohol, GHB, or sedatives.
  • People with bipolar disorder often go undiagnosed for years; many end up self-medicating with booze or illicit drugs - downers mostly, because they help control, if you can call it that, the manic swings of the disorder.
2A dispiriting or depressing experience or factor: the thought of the danger his son was in put something of a downer on the situation
More example sentences
  • Amidst a plethora of depressing statistics, perhaps the biggest downer is the fact that, for the first time since 1986, no Scot won an event on the European Tour.
  • The only downer of the day was experiencing my first Go Gel, which I gulped down after four and a half miles.
  • ‘I don't want to bring a downer on the whole situation because I'm very happy for the Boston Red Sox’ he said.
3A cow or other animal that has fallen down and cannot get to its feet unaided.
Example sentences
  • Two weeks later, USDA claims the animal was a downer despite an already clear line of established evidence to the contrary.
  • The suspect animal was a downer cow, one unable to walk, so it never entered the food chain, Johanns said.
  • The first U.S. mad cow was a downer animal, not able to walk due to a uterine rupture while calving.

Words that rhyme with downer

uptowner

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