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[ suh b-dood, -dyood ]
/ səbˈdud, -ˈdyud /


quiet; inhibited; repressed; controlled: After the argument he was much more subdued.
lowered in intensity or strength; reduced in fullness of tone, as a color or voice; muted: subdued light; wallpaper in subdued greens.
(of land) not marked by any striking features, as mountains or cliffs: a subdued landscape.

Nearby words

subduce, subduct, subduction, subduction zone, subdue, subdued, subduedly, subdural, subdural hemorrhage, subdural space, subedit

Origin of subdued

First recorded in 1595–1605; subdue + -ed2
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for subduedly

  • His manner to her was subduedly respectful; but a reckless, blas air hung about him, token of carelessness or dissipation.

    Alone|Marion Harland

British Dictionary definitions for subduedly


/ (səbˈdjuːd) /


cowed, passive, or shy
gentle or quieta subdued whisper
(of colours, etc) not harsh or brightsubdued lighting
Derived Formssubduedly, adverbsubduedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for subduedly



c.1600, "subjugated," past participle adjective from subdue. Meaning "calmed down, reduced in intensity" is recorded from 1822.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper