low-key

adjective
\ ˈlō-ˈkē How to pronounce low-key (audio) \
variants: or less commonly low-keyed \ ˈlō-​ˈkēd How to pronounce low-keyed (audio) \

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about low-key

Statistics for low-key

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for low-key

The first known use of low-key was in 1897

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for low-key

low-key

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of low-key

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on low-key

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with low-key

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for low-key

Spanish Central: Translation of low-key

Comments on low-key

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

something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!