Definition of lo-fi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlōfī/
(also low-fi)


1Of or employing sound reproduction of a lower quality than hi-fi: defiantly lo-fi recording techniques
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  • As before, the recording quality is as lo-fi as it gets, and each one of the twenty-three tracks features Lou on his guitar with only an occasional assist on backing vocals or music.
  • By this I think he meant that the lo-fi sound (the recording venue is stated as being ‘in Jan and Ed's basement ’) is more than compensated for by the energy and enthusiasm that jumps out of every track.
  • The lo-fi recording quality harkens back to 60s staples like Simon & Garfunkel or Nick Drake, not to mention Sumpner's haunting pastoral imagery.
1.1(Of popular music) recorded and produced with basic equipment and thus having a raw and unsophisticated sound.
Example sentences
  • French label Burning Emptiness stand alone at the vanguard of anything and everything lo-fi, avant-garde, techno, or just plain and simple noise.
  • The rest of us had to make do with Greatest Hits, an ironically titled compilation of tracks from those four albums as well as Dying Happy, a fifth lo-fi album of soundtrack music that came out in 1997.
  • Some say her lyrics are reminiscent of Liz Phair and her sound is lo-fi.


Lo-fi sound reproduction or music.
Example sentences
  • Tom Vek meets the contemporary current of fashionable new new-wave spliced and spiced with bedroom lo-fi.
  • The lack of sonic variety prevents most of the songs from making much of an impression musically, and in general lo-fi really starts to grate after about 20 straight minutes.
  • There's no cross-section of early period lo-fi, mid-period big studio slickness and late period mid-fi compromise.


1950s: from an alteration of low1 + -fi on the pattern of hi-fi.

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Syllabification: lo-fi

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