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The Down Low, like many terms and phrases in the American culture, can attribute their genesis to the Gay and Urban Black community, The, "DL" has evolved to be used universally to refer to activities conducted secretly and behind the scenes. The DL can also refer to behavior described as slick or deceptive.
The Term has truly evolved from being used to describe convert male homosexual behavior of a man Fronting (portraying himself), as a heterosexual and in relative is actually a closet Gay man to now refer to any behavior, action, or behavior that can be described as secretive or deceptive.

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DL or “Down Low”, attributes its genesis from the Inner City Black and Sub Culture. The Black community was slow to accept the male homosexual in their community and thus adopted the term, “Down Low” to refer to a man that is a closet homosexual or a man that engages in sexual relations with both male and female partners. The term evolved to identify such men as their female partners were discovering that their Man was subversively engaging in sexual relations with another man on the side, (on the DL) while their female partner was unaware of his behavior and sexual preference. Prior to the Homosexual descriptive, the term was used to describe: any kind of secretive, slick, and/or deceptive behavior.
None Sexual Reference: Steve is moonlighting as a Bartender on the Down Low so his friends don't go to the bar and harass him while on the job.
Sexual Reference: Mike is seeing His Girl's BF on the Down Low hoping she won't find out.
by CarizmaGuy November 02, 2016
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Conspiracy theory promoted by gays and black females that straight masculine black men belong to a secret underground society similar to the illuminati where they ditch their wives and girlfriends to engaging in sex with each other on the low.
Black guy #1: Sup bruh, you bringin the lube and paper towels to the meeting tonight?
Black guy#2: Naw, what meeting mane ?
Black guy #1: You know, THE MEETING..
Black guy #2: Oh THAT meeting, Yea I got us covered. My girl in the next room keep it on the down low.
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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
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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
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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
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