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Origin and Meaning of Downer

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun downer
a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person.
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  1. A drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
  1. A negative drug trip.
    Normally those pills give me a boost, but last night they gave me a
  2. A drug that has depressant qualities.
  3. Something or someone disagreeable, dispiriting or depressing; a killjoy.

downer was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Downer

Downer was born on February 28th, 1832. He left this life on October 9th, 1887.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Downer

Debbie Downer is a fictional character.


Alexander Downer is a Minister for Foreign Affairs, 26th Leader of the Opposition, 10th Leader of the Liberal Party, and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Australia). His most notable accomplishments were from 2014 to 2007. Alexander was born on September 9th, 1951 in Adelaide.


CJ Fly is a hip hop music rapping. He has had major accomplishments since 2011. CJ was given the name Chaine Downer, Jr. on July 6th, 1993 in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. CJ is also known as The Storyteller, The Painter, Rap Game Tarantino, and Master Roshe.


Sir John Downer was a Senator for South Australia and SenatorforSouth Australia. His career lasted from 1885 to 1887. John was born on June 6th, 1843. He died on August 2nd, 1915.


Simon Downer is a soccer player for the Sutton United F.C., Leyton Orient F.C., Aldershot Town F.C., Weymouth F.C., Grays Athletic F.C., Wivenhoe Town F.C., Rushden & Diamonds F.C., and Maidenhead United F.C. Simon was born on October 19th, 1981 in Romford, England.


Carol Downer is an immigration lawyer, author, activist, and board of directors of the feminist women's heath centers of california. Her most notable accomplishments were from 40 to 40. Carol was born in 1933.


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Popularity of Downer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Downer U.S.
  White 67.86% 64.26%
  African American 26.61% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.21% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.20% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Downer

People with the last name Downer are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Downer

  • How Popular is the name Downer? As a last name Downer was the 6,436th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Downer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Downer is Thursday, July 14th, 1898.
  • How unique is the name Downer? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Downer. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Downer: Your name in reverse order is Renwod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rwneod. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Downer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,277 people with the last name Downer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Downer? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Downer as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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