Origin of lowbrowlow 1 (high)brow
(comparative more lowbrow, superlative most lowbrow)
From low and brow, Americanism, circa 1902. Refers to the (by that time discredited) pseudoscience of phrenology, which suggested that a person of low intelligence and sophistication would possess a lower brow-line than someone of greater intelligence and sophistication.
(comparative more low-brow, superlative most low-brow)
- Alternative spelling of lowbrow.