Definition of downer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdounər/


1 (usually downers) A depressant or tranquilizing drug, especially a barbiturate.
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
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  • 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.
2.1A period of consistent failure: the Red Sox enter the season on a downer
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  • People seem to think that players are on a downer because they might not be allowed to go up, but they just don't think like that.
  • I wouldn't have gone out on a downer, believe me.
  • Guys who could have done a good job for the club had been allowed to leave and the whole place was on a downer.
3A cow or other animal that is sick or injured 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.

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Syllabification: down·er

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