Complete Definition of "subtle"

English

Alternative spellings
subtil (obsolete)
subtile (obsolete)

Etymology
OE. term|sotil|langang, term|subtil|langang, OF. term|soutil|langfro, later term|subtil|langfro, F. term|subtil|langfr, L. term|subtilis|langla; probably, originally, âwoven fineâ, and from term|sub||under + term|tela||a web, from term|texere||to weave.

Pronunciation
AHD|sÅ­t'(É)l, IPA|/ËsÊt(É)l/, SAMPA|/"sVt(@)l/
audio|en-us-subtle.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÊtÉl|-ÊtÉl

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.

#: The difference is subtle, but you can hear it if you listen carefully.

  1. insidious
  2. rfd-redundant context|of a thing cleverly contrived
  3. rfd-redundant context|of a person skillful
  4. rfd-redundant cunning

Translations
rfc-level|Translations at L3+
trans-top|Hard to grasp
Finnish: hienovarainen, hienoinen
French: subtil, délicat
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Hebrew: ×ק, ×¢×××, ××ק×ק, ×ר×××, ×¢×××, ×××ר, ×¢×××
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trans-top|insidious
Finnish: salakavala
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trans-top|(of a thing) cleverly contrived
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trans-top|(of a person) skillful
ttbc|French: astucieux
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trans-top|cunning
Finnish: ovela
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Dutch: subtiel
ttbc|German: subtil
ttbc|Italian: sottile
ttbc|Novial: subtili
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ttbc|Polish: subtelny
ttbc|Portuguese: subtil
ttbc|Swedish: subtil
ttbc|Spanish: sutil
ttbc|Irish (Gaelic): Glit
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References
R:Century 1911
R:Webster 1913

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