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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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To keep something a secret; to not announce something.
I low-key like her, I'm too nervous to say anything.
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to keep something low key: to not announce it; to have a quiet gathering; opposite of a large party or big group of people; not much emphasis, closely aligned with a normal night out doing the usual stuff.
im going out tonight but it's pretty low key; i've gotta work tomorrow so tonight's going to be a low key event.
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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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Not wanting people to know who you are, keeping a low profile.
Guy 1 - Hey what up mayne, what you tryna do.
Guy 2 - How you get my screen name son, I just be tryna be low key.
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