Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

low key in English

What does it mean when natives use the word “low key”? It means something that is relaxed. In English we use it to describe a place or a person.

If you can understand what this word means and start to use it you will be able to more easily connect with natives.

Find out how to do this today.

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What does “low key” mean?

“Low key” is used to describe something or someone that has a very relaxed feel.

It could be a person or a place.

For example:

  • L: Do I have to dress up for the party tonight?
  • M: Nah (no), wear whatever you want. It’s really low key.


Low key can describe:

  • a person “I love being around her. She’s so low key and fun!”
  • an event or activity


Other words that are similarly used:

  • Chill
  • Relaxed
  • Nothing fancy (for a place or event or outfit)
  • Low maintenance (for a person)
  • Laid back-a person or place
  • Easygoing-a person


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