Definitions for subtleˈsʌt l
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sub•tleˈsʌt l(adj.)-tler, -tlest.
thin, tenuous, or rarefied, as a fluid or an odor.
fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand:
delicate or faint and mysterious:
a subtle smile.
characterized by or requiring mental acuteness, penetration, or discernment.
cunning, wily, or crafty.
insidious in operation:
a subtle poison.
skillful, clever, or ingenious.
Origin of subtle:
1250–1300; ME sotil < OF < L subtīlissubtile
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
"his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"; "a subtle difference"; "that elusive thing the soul"
able to make fine distinctions
"a subtle mind"
insidious, pernicious, subtle(adj)
working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
"glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
affecting sth in a way that is not obvious
subtle changes in her mood; The transition was subtle.
pleasant and not too strong
a subtle flavor of ginger
creative and intelligent in a way that is not too obvious
a subtle argument; His acting was subtle but powerful.; He tried subtly to convince his son.; subtly shaded black-and-white photographs
Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
The difference is subtle, but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
Origin: From sotil, subtil, from soutil, later subtil, subtil, from subtilis; probably, originally, “woven fine”, and from sub + tela, from texere.
sly in design; artful; cunning; insinuating; subtile; -- applied to persons; as, a subtle foe
cunningly devised; crafty; treacherous; as, a subtle stratagem
characterized by refinement and niceness in drawing distinctions; nicely discriminating; -- said of persons; as, a subtle logician; refined; tenuous; sinuous; insinuating; hence, penetrative or pervasive; -- said of the mind; its faculties, or its operations; as, a subtle intellect; a subtle imagination; a subtle process of thought; also, difficult of apprehension; elusive
smooth and deceptive
Subtle was an alternative hip hop sextet from Oakland, California. It consisted of Adam Drucker, Jeffrey Logan, Dax Pierson, Jordan Dalrymple, Alexander Kort, and Marty Dowers. The band was formed in 2001. While considered by the artists to be "genreless", Subtle had close ties to the hip hop and indie music scene. Although both Doseone and Jel have strong ties to the Anticon collective, Subtle was not on the Anticon label roster. Subtle was signed to Lex Records.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'subtle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4833
Rank popularity for the word 'subtle' in Adjectives Frequency: #659
Translations for subtle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
faint or delicate in quality, and therefore difficult to describe or explain
There is a subtle difference between `unnecessary' and `not necessary'; a subtle flavour.
- دَقيق، خَفيفArabic
- едва доловимBulgarian
- sutilPortuguese (BR)
- nepatrný, jemnýCzech
- svag; raffineretDanish
- λεπτός, μικρός, απροσδιόριστοςGreek
- सूक्ष्म, अतिसूक्ष्मHindi
- fin, nježanCroatian
- daufur,óljós; hárfínnIcelandic
- subtilus, vos juntamas,švelnusLithuanian
- smalks; tikko jaušams; grūti nosakāmsLatvian
- tidak ketaraMalay
- svak, subtil, spissfindigNorwegian
- subtelny, delikatnyPolish
- نه محسوس کیدلPashto
- тонкий; едва различныйRussian
- nepatrný, jemnýSlovak
- komaj opazenSlovenian
- subtil, hårfinSwedish
- ละเอียด ; แนบเนียนThai
- anlaşılması güçTurkish
- 細微的Chinese (Trad.)
- тонкий; ледь відчутнийUkrainian
- ہلکا، نازکUrdu
- không dễ phát hiệnVietnamese
- 细微的Chinese (Simp.)
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