Language used on the internet has been rapidly evolving over the past few decades. They were basically invented to ease the com...
The language used on the internet has been rapidly evolving over the past few decades. They were basically invented to ease communication and save time. Online chats, social networking sites, and online games are the best places to make use of internet slang and to learn new slang.
It was in the early days of the internet when internet slang was originated. Internet slangs are mostly abbreviations, emoticons, and acronyms but can also be archaic words or the lesser-known meanings of conventional terms.
Let’s know about the word ‘lowkey’ that you may have seen a lot on social media. It made its entry in Internet linguistics a couple of years back but has been into the mainstream way earlier.
Wondering what lowkey means? Well, if we go by the dictionary definition as given in Merriam-Webster, it means “quiet and relaxed: not very forceful, emotional, or noticeable”. We can say that this is how “lowkey” came into being and has in a way derived from the mainstream term “low-key”.
When you look up the meaning of ‘low key’ in the crowdsourced online dictionary ‘Urban Dictionary’, you’ll find the same meaning. Refer to the two contributions given below.
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.
Usage- I'm going out tonight but it's pretty low-key; work tomorrow so tonight's going to be a low-key event.
1) Secretly or discretely
2) Slightly or kinda
Example 1: "He's moving to Chicago in three weeks but the semester isn't over for another seven weeks. He's lowkey dropping out."
Example 2: "I didn't think I would be but I'm lowkey sad that my roommate is moving out."
A word to describe a state of keeping on the low and not to have your name in everyone’s mouth. Low key is also a state of which someone does not want to be talked about or be heaty.
It is kind of synonymous with being "under the radar", depending on the context.
"I am low-key obsessed with this new show"
What they mean is that their obsession is not obvious, but they are obsessed nonetheless.
"I've been just staying low-key and getting my life together"
What they mean is that they have been under the radar and out of sight for some time.
finding nemo is lowkey one of my all time favorite movies— Cameron Palatas (@cameronpalatas) November 7, 2015
If they're going out their way 2 write smthing negative abt ur music they lowkey luv it. If they hated it so much they would have ignored it— G4SHI (@G4SHI) March 7, 2017
Interestingly enough, there’s a word called ‘high-key’ that means just the opposite of ‘lowkey’. You’re like “don’t tell” when you use lowkey and you’re like “tell-all” when you use high-key. It is used as a modifier online that means “a lot”, “very” “intensely” “much”.
i highkey wanna run, but lowkey don't wanna run by myself :):— snxzel (@itsRizelMendoza) December 13, 2016
Lowkey want to go to the mall, highkey don't want to get off the couch— Marietta (@ohaiitsmarietta) August 4, 2015
lowkey ready for school to start but highkey not ready for all the responsibilities— nicca garza (@nicsgarza) August 4, 2015
So now it’s pretty clear that the old and new ‘lowkey’ are much similar in meaning. And quiet or relaxed isn’t any different than kinda or subtly.
You can use the word“Lowkey” when you wish to tell people about your secretly held thoughts or feelings. Another interesting fact is that the old “low-key” was an adjective and the new “lowkey” is used as an adverb.
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