low-main·​te·​nance ˈlō-ˈmānt-nən(t)s How to pronounce low-maintenance (audio)
: requiring little care or maintenance
low-maintenance fabrics
a low-maintenance garden
What was also high on their beauty wish list? Keeping their natural hair as a basis for a look that is professional as well as low-maintenance.Essence
of a person : not tending to cause problems or demand attention : easy and pleasant to deal with or work with
"Bobby Jay is one of those high-character, low-maintenance guys you look for," said Rick Dudley, Lightning vice president of hockey operations. "He has a tremendous work ethic."Nancy Marrapese-Burrell
He's a rare breed, a low-maintenance White House aide.Fred Barnes

Examples of low-maintenance in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of low-maintenance was in 1916

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“Low-maintenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-maintenance. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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