The dictionary recognized word “low-key” is an adjective that means, according to Merriam Webster:

1: quiet and relaxed: not very forceful, emotional or noticeable

2: of low intensity: restrained

The slang variant of low-key (often written without the hyphen as lowkey) functions as an adverb. Lowkey is typically used to describe a speaker's desires or emotions. Lowkey retains the dictionary definition’s meaning of “of low intensity” and “not very emotional.” However, additionally, it can also indicate something that is secretly (perhaps somewhat shamefully) wanted or felt by the speaker.

In short, lowkey is used to describe a speaker's thoughts, feelings, and desires, and it means:

1: moderately: of low emotional intensity
2: secretly

The opposite of lowkey is highkey.
“I lowkey wanna eat an entire cake.”

“I highkey wanna eat healthy, but lowkey wanna to eat an entire cake.”

“I am lowkey in love with Kevin Spacey.”
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1) Secretly or discretely

2) Slightly or kinda
"He's moving to Chicago in three weeks but the semester isn't over for another seven weeks. He's lowkey dropping out."

"I didn't think I would be but I'm lowkey sad that my roommate is moving out."
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to know something but keep it down low so it’s not a big deal.
I lowkey just fell...never speak of this
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Lowkey means to keep a secret or if you did something and did not tell anyone. Lowkey can be compared to a secret because you know something that usually no one knows. The contrast of Lowkey is the truth, because it will no longer be Lowkey if everyone knows. An analysis of Lowkey is, when you hear something bad from another person or if you did something bad that is affecting another person. For example, my cousin has been going through a bad relationship with his wife. She was caught by him sending messages to another guy. He then talked to her about it, and seemed to settle down. But then he told me that he another girl, who really liked him. They felt a connection between each other and now they really like each other, and started to spend more time together, but without anyone knowing. He told me about what is going on and told me to keep it Lowkey, because no one can find out. If his wife were to find out she would then leave him and take the kids away from him. Something that is lowkey should not be told to anyone because it is something usually hard that will affect someone else. When you tell someone to keep something Lowkey then that means you trust that person won’t tell anyone. Lowkey plays a part everywhere now a day because everyone has a secret that no one know, but then of course you have those people running around talking about others secrets, and those are the ones called Highkey because they don’t keep their mouth shut.
Two girls were lowkey talking bad about their friends.
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Can be used for anything to show like it’s not a big deal. we cool, in a chilled way.
- Can you roll one?

- yeah lowkey

- Tomorrow can we see each other?

- yeah lowkey, any time you want.
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Lowkey (Born Kareem Dennis, 23 May 1986) is a British musician, poet, playwright and political activist of English and Iraqi descent. He first came to fame through a series of mixtapes he released before he was 18.

Kareem was born in London to an Iraqi mother and an English father. From the age of twelve he began to rap, initially imitating American rappers but soon using his own accent.The first time he went he introduced himself as Lowkey and was told there was already a regular there by that name; the two had a rap battle over the use of the name which Kareem won.

His singles include;
"Tears to Laughter"
"Voices of the Voiceless" (with Immortal Technique)
"Alphabet Assassin" (with Faith SFX)
"Something Wonderful"

He raps about things that matter, not about money, drugs and ect.. He raps positive message to the listener, his lyrics are powerful and touching.
Although, he has huge amounts of talent he is underrated.
Chris : "Hey, did you listen to 'Voices Of The Voiceless' by Lowkey and Immortal Technique?"

Kevin : "Yeah man, his raps about real shit. Not about bitches, money and drugs."

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Asif : "Oi, you heard of Lowkey? He's a lyrical beast man."

Matthew : "Who? No."

Asif : "WHAT? ARE YOU DIZZY BLUD?"
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When a guy wants to keep y'all a secret because he is embarrassed or doesn't want you enough to have a committed relationship...normally ends in heartbreak.
"Ya we needa be lowkey"
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