Definition of low-tech in US English:

low-tech

(also lo-tech)

adjective

  • Involved in, employing, or requiring only low technology.

    ‘low-tech solar heating systems’
    • ‘Some time back I was asked about steps being taken to counter low-tech improvised explosive devices in Iraq.’
    • ‘The glass factory produces a wide range of products with a low-tech and traditional technology based on well-developed labour skills.’
    • ‘Until recently, commercial espionage cases have been low-tech.’
    • ‘The company's determinedly low-tech adverts featuring real staff dancing to cheesy music have almost achieved cult status.’
    • ‘My strip is a low-tech, one-man operation, and I like it that way.’
    • ‘But can low-tech subsistence agriculture improve people's quality of life better than the hated multinationals?’
    • ‘My technique has been a simple, low-tech methodology copied from my ancient ancestors: I pull the weeds up by hand.’
    • ‘You can't help noticing that it's the low-tech weapons that are really horrible.’
    • ‘And it gets even more lo-tech: we had a TV antennae on the roof.’
    • ‘Fundamentally, this is an amateurish, lo-tech operation.’
    • ‘It was neither a hi-tech nor a lo-tech operation.’
    • ‘It was, as the UK Guardian points out, ‘a low-tech but devastating assault’.’
    • ‘Guarantee each mother continuing personal care by a midwife she knows, whether she chooses to have her baby at home, in a low-tech hospital or at a distant unit.’
    • ‘The biggest need of the community is low-tech equipment, such as hand-operated sewing machines and sturdy bicycles.’
    • ‘These low-tech ways of attacking have the advantage that they do not leave a return address in the way that launching a missile would do.’
    • ‘The bombings were carried out by suicide attackers, and show the power of even low-tech terrorist attacks.’
    • ‘Aviation high-tech and low-tech systems might play an important role in small wars.’
    • ‘It's a low-tech field without the huge expense of drugs.’
    • ‘Fortunately, there is an astoundingly simple, low-tech solution to manage hypothermia: the humble lightbulb.’
    • ‘It was a low-tech approach that delivered benefits on the bike by developing broad-based strength off it.’

noun

  • short for low technology
    • ‘If you love low-tech as much as I do - or if you just want to get organized - you'll want to take a look.’
    • ‘Jammers are thwarted by changing vulnerable frequencies and technologies, low tech is used to beat high tech, operational patterns are shifted to counter changed tactics or improved surveillance.’
    • ‘Despite being as old as dirt and the lowest of low tech, its design is so pure and purpose so simple that the most cutting remark anyone can make of an idea or plan is, ‘Why reinvent the wheel?’’
    • ‘As a nation, we are obsessed with stuff, from high tech to low tech and everything in between.’

Pronunciation

low-tech

/lōˈtek//loʊˈtɛk/