low–key

play
adjective \ˈlō-ˈkē\

Definition of low–key

  1. 1 :  having or producing dark tones only with little contrast

  2. 2 :  of low intensity :  restrained

1897

First Known Use of low–key

1897

Variants of low–key

or less commonly

low–keyed

play \ˈlō-ˈkēd\

LOW–KEY Defined for English Language Learners

low–key

play
adjective \ˈlō-ˈkē\

Definition of low–key for English Language Learners

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

Learn More about low–key


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up low–key? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the art of making engravings on wood

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ