low-key

adjective \ ˈlō-ˈkē \
variants: or less commonly low-keyed play \ˈlō-ˈkēd\
1 : having or producing dark tones only with little contrast
2 : of low intensity : restrained

First Known Use of low-key

1897

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LOW-KEY Defined for English Language Learners

low-key

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


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