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finespun

or fine-spun

[fahyn-spuhn]
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adjective
  1. spun or drawn out to a fine thread.
  2. highly or excessively refined or subtle.
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Origin of finespun

First recorded in 1640–50; fine1 + spun
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Related Words for finespun

elegant, exquisite, fine, graceful, nice, polished, refined, sophisticated, subtle

Examples from the Web for finespun

Historical Examples of finespun

  • All his finespun hopes had been ruthlessly rent by the hand of reality.

    The Song of the Wolf

    Frank Mayer

  • Mr. Finespun was the gentleman whose retirement from the ministry the Duke of St. Bungay had now announced.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope

  • It was the tint of the copper beech, thick, finespun, with intermittent twists that gave it a wavy effect.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath


British Dictionary definitions for finespun

finespun

adjective
  1. spun or drawn out to a fine thread
  2. excessively subtle or refined; not practical
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