Definitions for subtly

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•tleˈsʌt l(adj.)-tler, -tlest.

  1. thin, tenuous, or rarefied, as a fluid or an odor.

  2. fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand:

    subtle irony.

  3. delicate or faint and mysterious:

    a subtle smile.

  4. characterized by or requiring mental acuteness, penetration, or discernment.

  5. cunning, wily, or crafty.

  6. insidious in operation:

    a subtle poison.

  7. skillful, clever, or ingenious.

Origin of subtle:

1250–1300; ME sotil < OF < L subtīlissubtile


Princeton's WordNet

  1. subtly(adverb)

    in a subtle manner

    "late nineteenth-century French opera at its most beautiful, subtly romantic with a twilight melancholy"


  1. subtly(Adverb)

    With subtleness, in a subtle manner. With cleverness rather than brute force.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subtly(adverb)

    in a subtle manner; slyly; artfully; cunningly

  2. Subtly(adverb)

    nicely; delicately

  3. Subtly(adverb)

    deceitfully; delusively

Anagrams of subtly

  1. butyls

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