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EtymologyEdit

middle +‎ brow, by analogy with highbrow and lowbrow. The term first appeared in Punch (1925) and was later used by Virginia Woolf (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).

AdjectiveEdit

middlebrow (not comparable)

  1. (pejorative) Neither highbrow or lowbrow, but somewhere in between.

Usage notesEdit

Generally pejorative, implying pretension and vulgarity – aspiring and appropriating high culture, but not appreciating it. On occasion instead used positively.

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NounEdit

middlebrow (plural middlebrows)

  1. A person or thing that is neither a highbrow or lowbrow, but in between.

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