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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
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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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Straight black males having gay sex. (see "Law and Order SVU")
Tom and Frank were on the downlow, but they when home to their wives.
by geo8x6 June 18, 2004
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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
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When black queers try to keep their faggotry a secret amongst each other.
Bi sexual? Let's clear this up now! No such thing! You either suck dick or you do not suck dick there is no inbetween. What do these guys get up in the morning and flip a coin? Tails; hair pie, heads; balls around the chin!
-Andrew Dice Clay
by Dice September 03, 2004
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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.

Etymology
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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