: reduced or softened in intensity, forcefulness, etc. : restrained, subdued
It was a toned-down version of a raunchy tune he sung in minstrel shows.Charles Seabrook
The toned-down bar has reclaimed paneling, weathered couches and a cocktail menu without bottle service.Benjamin Detrick

Examples of toned-down in a Sentence

after such a heated argument, it was a relief to hear someone use toned-down language to state their position
Recent Examples on the Web For her, that meant toned-down, muted pinks and mauve desert tones. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toned-down was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Toned-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toned-down. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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