Definition of downtempo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdounˈtempō/


(Of music) having a relatively slower beat.
Example sentences
  • Drawing from the shallow well of downtempo techno mood music, none of Lubricate Your Living-Room's eighteen tracks dare to grab you, or even pluck up enough courage to ask if you wouldn't mind paying attention for just a brief moment.
  • Moving rapidly from downtempo jazz noodling into a languid breakbeat and finally full-on drum & bass, they launch into a live, and hence loud, barrage of sound.
  • The next song, the title track, melds another downtempo beat with a gentle guitar melody.


A genre of electronic dance music with influences from jazz, bossa nova, and dub reggae.
Example sentences
  • In each case, the female vocalists is up front, and the bed of multiplicitous beats incorporates downtempo, acid jazz, nu jazz and house.
  • As a newcomer to the Ninja Tune family, England's Treva Whateva decided to cover the spectrum of DJ-based music starting with ragga-jungle, downtempo, breaks, disco and hip-hop - to name a few.
  • In a desperate attempt to maintain some sense of relevance, many of the best ethereal bands went on to try their hand at fleeting trends - trip hop and downtempo - or waited out the passing storm by simply disappearing - Kevin Shields.

Words that rhyme with downtempo

tempo, uptempo

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Syllabification: down·tem·po

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