drawn out to extreme fineness or thinness.

Origin of fine-drawn

First recorded in 1830–40



verb (used with object), fine-drew, fine-drawn, fine-draw·ing.

Sewing. to sew together so finely that the joining is not noticeable.
to draw out to extreme fineness, tenuity, or subtlety.

Origin of fine-draw

First recorded in 1725–35
Related formsfine-draw·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fine-drawn

Historical Examples of fine-drawn

  • There it is again—a fine-drawn, shrill, piercing cry as of some animal in trouble.

    Diamond Dyke

    George Manville Fenn

  • These fine-drawn speculations, however, are a sheer waste of breath.

    Number Seventeen

    Louis Tracy

  • Something like this I have heard, but it seems too fine-drawn a conclusion.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling

  • I, who am not so fine-drawn, had found the last hour a little trying.

    The Sixth Sense

    Stephen McKenna

  • There could be no better audience for the fine-drawn arguments which such a controversy demands.

    The Makers of Modern Rome

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for fine-drawn



(of arguments, distinctions, etc) precise or subtle
(of wire) drawn out until very fine; attenuated
(of features) delicate or refined


verb -draws, -drawing, -drew or -drawn (tr)

to sew together so finely that the join is scarcely noticeable
to carry out the last drawing-out operation on (wire, tube, etc) to reduce its diameter
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