adjective Also low-keyed.
of reduced intensity; restrained; understated.
(of a photograph) having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from high-key).
verb (used with object), low-keyed, low-key·ing.
to make or attempt to make low-key: to low-key the arms buildup.
Origin of low-key
First recorded in 1890–95
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