low-key

play
adjective \ ˈlō-ˈkē \
variants: or less commonly low-keyed play \ˈlō-ˈkēd\

Definition of low-key

1 :having or producing dark tones only with little contrast
2 :of low intensity :restrained

First Known Use of low-key

1897


LOW-KEY Defined for English Language Learners

low-key

play
adjective

Definition of low-key for English Language Learners

  • : quiet and relaxed : not very forceful, emotional, or noticeable



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