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If someone says something is “lowkey,” it could be a compliment. Here’s a rundown on the slang term and how to use it.

What does ‘lowkey’ mean?

According to Merriam-Webster, “lowkey” is used to describe something to a limited or moderate degree. Unlike its converse “highkey,” lowkey refers to something that is done subtly, secretly, modestly or quietly.

Lowkey can describe just about anything, such as someone’s actions or emotions. If something is “lowkey,” it is not dramatic, over-the-top or intense. It is done in a way that doesn’t bring too much attention.

With this in mind, “lowkey” can be used as a compliment. Saying someone “lowkey” can mean they are calm, don’t cause drama and usually keep to themselves.

The slang can also be stylized as “low-key.”

How to use ‘lowkey’

Here are some examples of how to use “lowkey”:

  • “We’re thinking about throwing a party on Friday, but don’t tell too many people. It’s going to be lowkey.”
  • “She lowkey killed that new album.”
  • “Are you hungry?” “Lowkey, you want to grab some food?”

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