or fine-spun

[ fahyn-spuhn ]
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  1. spun or drawn out to a fine thread.

  2. highly or excessively refined or subtle.

Origin of finespun

First recorded in 1640–50; fine1 + spun

Words Nearby finespun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use finespun in a sentence

  • Marquis Conrade, thy wit begins to halt; I will trust thy finespun measures no longer, but will try my own.

    The Talisman | Sir Walter Scott
  • It was the tint of the copper beech, thick, finespun, with intermittent twists that gave it a wavy effect.

    The Pagan Madonna | Harold MacGrath
  • Mr. finespun was the gentleman whose retirement from the ministry the Duke of St. Bungay had now announced.

    Can You Forgive Her? | Anthony Trollope
  • All his finespun hopes had been ruthlessly rent by the hand of reality.

    The Song of the Wolf | Frank Mayer

British Dictionary definitions for finespun


/ (ˈfaɪnˈspʌn) /

  1. spun or drawn out to a fine thread

  2. excessively subtle or refined; not practical

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