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

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“Low-key.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-key. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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low-key

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English Language Learners Definition of low-key

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

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