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DOWNER (downer)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does downer mean? 

DOWNER (noun)
  The noun DOWNER has 1 sense:

1. a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

  Familiarity information: DOWNER used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOWNER (noun)


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Meaning:

A drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

depressant; downer; sedative; sedative drug

Hypernyms ("downer" is a kind of...):

drug of abuse; street drug (a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction)

medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine ((medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "downer"):

chloral hydrate (a colorless crystalline drug used as a sedative; irritates the stomach and can be addictive)

Doriden; glutethimide (sedative (trade name Doriden) used to treat some sleep disorders)

sedative-hypnotic; sedative-hypnotic drug (a sedative that depresses activity of the central nervous system and reduces anxiety and induces sleep)


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