middlebrow middlebrow

Definition(s):

  • (n) someone who is neither a highbrow nor a lowbrow

Usage(s):

  • His tone is perfectly middlebrow, which has made him irresistible to the wine-and-cheese lovers of the self-consciously sensible center.

News

  • Superman Doesn’t Have to Be Dull

    Comic-book movies are packed with CGI flash and make a bazillion dollars at the box office, but let’s face it: compared to the low-brow pulp insanity from which they sprung, these films make up a middlebrow, predictable genre. Some may be done with more flair and wit than others (The ... More »
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Vulture

Quotes

  1. "If any human being, man, woman, dog, cat or half-crushed worm dares call me 'middlebrow,'" wrote Virginia Woolf in an unsent letter to the editor of The New Statesman, "I will take my pen and stab him, dead."
    on Oct 5, 2009 By: Virginia Woolf Source: Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

  2. "This is not as superficial as Art, which was really a play championing the middlebrow where the men were charming in a pathetic way," Gow says. "No one is charming in this play. The more we worked on it, the more we discovered it was like...
    on May 8, 2009 By: Michael Gow Source: The Australian

  3. "A lower-middlebrow novelist who has just enough sophistication to be able to convince her readership they are getting an upper-middlebrow product," said Will Self.
    on Feb 10, 2006 By: Will Self Source: guardian.co.uk

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