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low-key

[loh-kee] /ˈloʊˈki/
adjective, Also, low-keyed
1.
of reduced intensity; restrained; understated.
2.
(of a photograph) having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from high-key).
verb (used with object), low-keyed, low-keying.
3.
to make or attempt to make low-key:
to low-key the arms buildup.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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British Dictionary definitions for lowkeyed

low-key

adjective
1.
having a low intensity or tone
2.
restrained, subdued, or understated
3.
(of a photograph, painting, etc) having a predominance of dark grey tones or dark colours with few highlights Compare high-key
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Slang definitions & phrases for lowkeyed

low-key

adjective

Quiet; modest; unassertive: She is low-key but is happy to talk about things that Wayans doesn't do for himself (1965+)

verb

To treat with little emphasis; play down: They were low-keying it because of the controversy (1960+)

[in adjective sense, a technical term in photography, ''with tones lying in the gray scale,'' found by 1907]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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