cut fine, to calculate precisely, especially without allowing for possible error or accident: To finish in ten minutes is to cut it too fine.

Origin of fine

1250–1300; Middle English fin < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fīnis end, utmost limit, highest point

Synonyms for fine

1. finished, consummate, perfect; select. 3. powdered, pulverized. 5. acute.

Synonym study

1. Fine, choice, elegant, exquisite are terms of praise with reference to quality. Fine is a general term: a fine horse, person, book. Choice implies a discriminating selection of the object in question: a choice piece of steak. Elegant suggests a refined and graceful superiority that is generally associated with luxury and a cultivated taste: elegant furnishings. Exquisite suggests an admirable delicacy, finish, or perfection: an exquisite piece of lace.

Antonyms for fine




a sum of money imposed as a penalty for an offense or dereliction: a parking fine.
Law. a fee paid by a feudal tenant to the landlord, as on the renewal of tenure.
English Law. (formerly) a conveyance of land through decree of a court, based upon a simulated lawsuit.
Archaic. a penalty of any kind.

verb (used with object), fined, fin·ing.

to subject to a fine or pecuniary penalty; punish by a fine: The judge fined him and released him on parole.

Origin of fine

1150–1200; Middle English fin < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fīnis end, Medieval Latin: settlement, payment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fined




excellent or choice in quality; very good of its kinda fine speech
superior in skill, ability, or accomplishmenta fine violinist
(of weather) clear and dry
enjoyable or satisfyinga fine time
(postpositive) informal quite well; in satisfactory healthI feel fine
satisfactory; acceptablethat's fine by me
of delicate composition or careful workmanshipfine crystal
(of precious metals) pure or having a high or specified degree of purityfine silver; gold 98 per cent fine
subtle in perception; discriminatinga fine eye for antique brasses
abstruse or subtlea fine point in argument
very thin or slenderfine hair
very smallfine dust; fine print
(of edges, blades, etc) sharp; keen
ornate, showy, or smart
good-looking; handsomea fine young woman
polished, elegant, or refineda fine gentleman
morally upright and commendablea fine man
cricket (of a fielding position) oblique to and behind the wicketfine leg
(prenominal) informal disappointing or terriblea fine mess


informal quite well; all rightthat suits me fine
a nonstandard word for finely
billiards snooker (of a stroke on the cue ball) so as to merely brush the object ball
cut it fine to allow little margin of time, space, etc


to make or become finer; refine
(often foll by down or away) to make or become smaller
(tr) to clarify (wine, etc) by adding finings
(tr) billiards snooker to hit (a cue ball) fine
(intr foll by up) Australian and NZ informal (of the weather) to become fine

Word Origin for fine

C13: from Old French fin, from Latin fīnis end, boundary, as in fīnis honōrum the highest degree of honour




a certain amount of money exacted as a penaltya parking fine
a payment made by a tenant at the start of his tenancy to reduce his subsequent rent; premium
feudal law a sum of money paid by a man to his lord, esp for the privilege of transferring his land to another
a method of transferring land in England by bringing a fictitious law suit: abolished 1833
in fine
  1. in short; briefly
  2. in conclusion; finally


(tr) to impose a fine on

Word Origin for fine

C12 (in the sense: conclusion, settlement): from Old French fin; see fine 1



noun music

the point at which a piece is to end, usually after a da capo or dal segno
an ending or finale

Word Origin for fine

Italian, from Latin fīnis end




brandy of ordinary quality

Word Origin for fine

literally: fine
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Word Origin and History for fined



late 13c., "pay as a ransom or penalty," from fine (n.). Inverted meaning "to punish by a fine" is from 1550s. Related: Fined; fining.



mid-13c., "unblemished, refined, pure; of superior quality," from Old French fin "perfected, of highest quality" (12c.), from Latin finis "end, limit" (see finish); hence "acme, peak, height," as in finis boni "the highest good."

In French, the main meaning remains "delicate, intricately skillful;" in English since mid-15c. fine is also a general expression of admiration or approval, the equivalent of French beau (cf. fine arts, 1767, translating French beaux-arts). Finer; finest. Fine print is from 1861 as "type small and close-set;" by 1934 as "qualifications and limitations of a deal."



c.1200, "termination," from Old French fin "end, limit, boundary; death; fee, payment, finance, money" (10c.), from Medieval Latin finis "a payment in settlement, fine or tax," from Latin finis "end" (see finish).

Modern meaning is via sense of "sum of money paid for exemption from punishment or to compensate for injury" (mid-14c., from the same sense in Anglo-French, late 13c.) and from phrases such as to make fine "make one's peace, settle a matter" (c.1300). Meaning "sum of money imposed as penalty for some offense" is first recorded 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fined


In addition to the idioms beginning with fine

  • fine and dandy
  • fine art

also see:

  • come on in (the water's fine)
  • cut it fine
  • in fine feather
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