• (RP) IPA: /ˈdaʊnə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdaʊnɚ/

downer (plural downers)

  1. (slang) A negative drug trip.
    Normally those pills give me a boost, but last night they gave me a downer.
  2. (slang) A drug that has depressant qualities.
  3. (slang) Something or someone disagreeable, dispiriting or depressing; a killjoy.
    • 2009, Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are (film)
      You don't really need to know me. I'm kind of a downer.
    • 2010, Nicole LaPorte, The Men Who Would Be King
      Geffen had never understood why such a downer of a film was being released over the holidays.
  4. A livestock animal that has collapsed.
  5. A form of industrial action in which workers down tools and refuse to work.
    • C. T. B. Smith, ‎Great Britain. Dept. of Employment, Manpower Papers (issue 15, page 158)
      In the Workplace Industrial Relations Survey, a strike may be a downer or a stoppage as defined by the Department.
    • 1985, Alex Callinicos, ‎Mike Simons, The Great Strike: The Miners' Strike of 1984-5 and Its Lessons
      Cowley experienced a rash of 'downers' — short, sharp, unofficial strikes.
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