subtle

[ suht-l ]
/ ˈsʌt l /

adjective, sub·tler, sub·tlest.

QUIZZES

CAN YOU FEEL THE WEAL WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ?

Did you collect all of last week’s words, but eftsoons forget what they mean? Don’t worry, we’re here to jog your memory. See how many words from the week of May 18 to 24 you can get right!
Question 1 of 7
weal

Origin of subtle

1250–1300; Middle English sotil < Old French < Latin subtīlis subtile (b of modern spelling < L)

OTHER WORDS FROM subtle

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for unsubtle

British Dictionary definitions for unsubtle (1 of 2)

unsubtle
/ (ʌnˈsʌtəl) /

adjective

not subtle; obvious or blatant

British Dictionary definitions for unsubtle (2 of 2)

subtle
/ (ˈsʌtəl) /

adjective

Derived forms of subtle

subtleness, nounsubtly, adverb

Word Origin for subtle

C14: from Old French soutil, from Latin subtīlis finely woven
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012