or fine-spun

[ fahyn-spuhn ]
/ ˈfaɪnˈspʌn /


spun or drawn out to a fine thread.
highly or excessively refined or subtle.

Origin of finespun

First recorded in 1640–50; fine1 + spun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for finespun

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

    The Pagan Madonna|Harold MacGrath
  • All his finespun hopes had been ruthlessly rent by the hand of reality.

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

    Can You Forgive Her?|Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for finespun

/ (ˈfaɪnˈspʌn) /


spun or drawn out to a fine thread
excessively subtle or refined; not practical
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