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Back in the 60's, passing a joint within view of outsiders got the response: "Keep it low", or "Keep it down low (when you pass it)". This usually happened when riding in a car with friends. Over the years "Down low", "Keep it down low" and "Keep it on the down low" generalized into meaning 'keep it secret' or 'don't be obvious'.
(Old School version):
"Hey, keep it low!"
"Huh?"
"Pass it low!"
"(Puzzled)"
(Laughter from everyone else)
"Keep it down low when you pass it so nobody else can see what you're doing (you dummy)!"
"(Nods head "OK")"
by _db_ April 24, 2010
 
1.
Usually it means to keep somthing quiet and to only tell people who are cool enough to know or trustworthy. This definition comes from the real meaning which is a black man/men who have sexual relations with other men but have relationships with women and hide the homosexuality and homo. sex.
yo man i gota tell ya somthin but u gota keep it on the Down Low


u see that guy over there...well hes one of those guys in that Down Low thing, they call it poker night
by Tayla June 26, 2005
 
2.
To keep a homosexual lifestyle hidden from others.
My brother had been on down low for two years before his we found out he was gay.
by recognize June 19, 2005
 
3.
when black males try to remain straight by having sex with other men then go home and sleep with their wives. Just ask Keith from gametalk.
Keith: sup? yah I'm on the down low, nigga please.

other mod: ack! O.o
by Mis Master Ice cube squared March 23, 2005
 
4.
Refers to when closeted black men leading mostly heterosexual lives seek other men for sex that is often anonymus and unprotected
"I am a black man who likes other men, but because of the stigma in the black community about being gay, I will only have sex on the down low."
by Screamapillar April 05, 2004
 
5.
When a group of black men say they're going to play poker or Watch sports, they really go to A secret location to have sex with eachother.
LaMarcus: Yo dawg, go to My pad tonight to watch MNF, bring your homies.
DeShawn: Ya, we keep it downlow.
by Shane Skeet February 08, 2008
 
6.
Keeping quiet, not telling or acting out. In the gay community, black males who are tricking, looking for anal or oral sex.
Tyrone and Shi'Thead appeared like thugs on the street, but in the bedroom they experiemented with every hole they had. They kept it on the down low, though.
by Richard Black March 19, 2005
 
7.
Living on the downlow

Black community slang for black men secrect homosexual activity
Leroy's wife found out he was living on the downlow when she tested positive for AIDS
by ch0ng0 February 14, 2005