low-key

[ loh-kee ]
/ ˈloʊˈki /

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.

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Origin of low-key

First recorded in 1890–95
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low-key

low-keyed


adjective

having a low intensity or tone
restrained, subdued, or understated
(of a photograph, painting, etc) having a predominance of dark grey tones or dark colours with few highlightsCompare high-key
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