AskDefine | Define downer

Dictionary Definition

downer n : a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person [syn: sedative, sedative drug, depressant]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A negative drug trip.
    Normally those pills give me a boost, but last night they gave me a downer
  2. A drug that has depressive qualities.

Extensive Definition

A Downer is a slang term, referring to a person who is
  • down, or depressed, particularly if their mood brings other people down
  • imputed to have Down syndrome, similar to calling someone "retarded"
Downer is the surname of several people:
Downer may also refer to:
  • Downers, depressant drugs, which are any chemical agent that diminishes the function or activity of the central nervous system, and usually in a pleasurable way.
  • Downer, Australian Capital Territory, a suburb of Canberra, Australia, named for John Downer
  • Downer (song) a song by the grunge band Nirvana on their debut album Bleach
  • Downer, a Roadrunner Records band that broke up shortly after debut 2001 album
  • Downer EDi, an Australian company
  • Downer (soil), the New Jersey State Soil
  • Someone who in Halo 2 commits suicide to make their team lose and their rank to go down. They are also known as delevelers
  • Downer, a comic-strip by Kyle Stanley Hunter, running in the Polyhedron (later Dungeon) magazine, featuring a drow rogue as the eponymous character
  • Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Downer (hat), a type of short-brimmed hat with a sloping crown.
  • A downer cow is a live cow that cannot walk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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