Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who is somewhat cultured, with conventional tastes and interests; one who is neither highbrow nor lowbrow.

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  • adjective pejorative Neither highbrow or lowbrow, but somewhere in between.
  • noun A person or thing that is neither a highbrow or lowbrow, but in between.

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  • noun someone who is neither a highbrow nor a lowbrow

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[middle + (high)brow and (low)brow.]

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By analogy with highbrow and lowbrow. The term first appeared in Punch (1925) and later was used by Virginia Wolf (1930's) in an unsent letter to the New Statesman, published as a chapter in the book "The Death of a Moth and Other Essays" (1942).

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