- downdown1 [doun]adv.[ME doun < adune, adown < OE adune, ofdune, from the hill < a-, of-, off, from + dune, dat. of dun, hill: see DOWN3]1. from a higher to a lower place; toward the ground2. in, on, or to a lower position or level; specif., to a sitting or reclining position3.a) in or to a place thought of as lower or below; often, specif., southward [to go down to Florida]b) out of one's hand [put it down]4. below the horizon5. from an earlier to a later period or person [down through the years]6. into a low or dejected emotional condition7. into a low or prostrate physical condition [to come down with a cold]8. in or into an inferior position or condition [held down by harsh laws]9. to a lower amount, value, or bulk [to come down in price]10.a) to a less excited or active condition; into a tranquil or quiet state [to settle down]b) to a lower volume of sound [turn down the radio]11. in a serious or earnest manner [to get down to work]12. completely; to the full extent [loaded down]13. in cash or when bought [five dollars down and the remainder in installments]14. in writing; on record [take down his name]adj.1. descending; directed toward a lower position2. in a lower place; on the ground3. gone, brought, pulled, etc. down4.a) depressed; dejectedb) Slang depressing or downbeat [a down atmosphere]5. dejected; discouraged6. prostrate; ill7. completed; finished [four down, six to go]8. inoperative [the computer is down]9. characterized by low or falling prices10. Slanga) a generalized term of approval meaning variously nice, good, excellent, etc.b) sophisticated, stylish, etc.; cool; hip11. Sports☆ a) no longer in play: said of a footballb) trailing an opponent by a specified number of points, strokes, etc.☆ c) Baseball put outprep.down or downward, along, through, into, or upon [down the street, down the chimney, down the river, down the stairs]vt.1.a) to put, bring, get, throw, or knock downb) to defeat, as in a game2. to gulp or eat rapidlyvi.Rare to go, come, or get downn.1. a downward movement or depressed condition; defeat, misfortune, etc.: see UPS AND DOWNS, at UP☆ 2. Footballa) one of four consecutive plays in which a team, in order to keep possession of the ball, must either score or advance the ball at least ten yardsb) the declaring of the ball as down, or no longer in play3. Slang a barbiturate or other depressant drug; downer——————☆ down and out1. Boxing knocked out2. lacking enough money, shelter, a job, etc.; destitute or impoverished——————down onInformal hostile to; angry or annoyed with——————down to the groundthoroughly; completely——————down with!overthrow! do away with!: See also phrases under BREAK, PUT, TRACK, etc.down2 [doun]n.[ME doun < ON dūnn, akin to Goth dauns, fume < IE base * dheu-, to fly like dust, be turbid: see DULL]1. soft, fluffy feathers, as the outer covering on young birds or an inner layer of feathers on adult birds2. soft, fine hair or hairy growthdown3 [doun]n.[ME doun < OE dun, a hill, akin to ODu duna, LowG düne, sandhill: see DUNE]an expanse of open, high, grassy land usually used in pl.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.