1. Having inexpensive rent: a low-rent apartment.
2. Of low social status or moral character: "Steve Buscemi ... may play low-rent, amoral types—hit men, weasels, snivelers—but ... he's more complicated than that" (Richard Leiby).
3. Lacking taste or refinement: a low-rent television drama.
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