What does indelicate mean?

Definitions for indelicate
ɪnˈdɛl ɪ kɪtin·del·i·cate

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word indelicate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indelicate, off-color, off-colouradjective

    in violation of good taste even verging on the indecent

    "an indelicate remark"; "an off-color joke"

  2. indecorous, indelicateadjective

    lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct

    "indecorous behavior"

  3. indelicateadjective

    verging on the indecent

    "an indelicate proposition"


  1. indelicateadjective

    Improper or immodest.

  2. indelicateadjective

    Coarse or tasteless.

  3. indelicateadjective

    Tactless or undiplomatic.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Indelicateadjective

    Wanting decency; void of a quick sense of decency.

    Etymology: in and delicate.


  1. indelicate

    Indelicate generally refers to something that is lacking in good taste, refinement, or sensitivity. It could pertain to behavior, actions, remarks, or situations that are considered inappropriate, rude, crude, offensive, or tactless.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indelicateadjective

    not delicate; wanting delicacy; offensive to good manners, or to purity of mind; coarse; rude; as, an indelicate word or suggestion; indelicate behavior

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Indelicate

    in-del′i-kāt, adj. offensive to good manners or purity of mind: coarse.--n. Indel′icacy.—adv. Indel′icately.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indelicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indelicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of indelicate in a Sentence

  1. E. M. Forster, "A Room with a View":

    Have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time - beautiful?

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