Low-key Slang: Meaning, Origin, Sentence Examples

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(Expression) The expression “low-key” is used when a person does not want to draw any attention to him or her. This person will not show any emotion or act extravagantly to avoid getting attention.


Low-key was first used in rap songs in the late 2000s. Then in 2015, it became a popular expression on Twitter and other social media.

Demographic (Who Uses This Word)

Gen Z popularized the term “low-key” and is now used in films, music, and day-to-day conversations.

Low-key Used in a Sentence

  • Example 1: I low-key want to go to the beach but I still need to study.
  • Example 2: I’m low-key mad at you right now.

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