When a black man or woman is in a relationship with a person of the opposite sex,but cheating on them with a person of the same sex.

A stupid slang word created by the black community.
Black people complain about the downlow when their homophobia is what created it.
by cuteguy January 17, 2011
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
keep it a secret
Keep it on the downlow
by chris August 24, 2003
the q-t, very hush-hush. a quiet place. a place of silence. i.e., shut your damn mouth, as in this is a secret. knowledge not to be repeated.
She admitted that she had a fondness for Justin Timberlake but begged me to keep it on the downlow.
by vixi January 31, 2003
1. anything low profile or to be kept in secrecy, especially in the realm of personal relationships.

2. any information to be kept private and between select parties, either in business, sports or personal relations.
1. I just met this new girl, but we're keeping it on the DL, until we're sure about each other.

2. I severely injured my ankle during practice, but let's keep it on the down low, so as to not alert the press.

3. This new talent of yours presents a style that is extremely rare, sign her up and let's keep it on the low, until all deals are signed.
by Manuel November 22, 2006
giving someone the down low is telling them what happened or telling them the secret
yeah, heres the down low about today
by allie March 05, 2005
To keep information limited to only a certain few "homies" who need know
Don't worry we will keep that dime bag that you bought "on the down low"
by BennyT July 11, 2003

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