subtle

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsʌtəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈsʌtəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(sutl)


Inflections of 'subtle' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
subtler
adj comparative
subtlest
adj superlative
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subtle

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
adj
  1. a subtle [hint, touch, aroma] (of)
  2. a subtle hint of [garlic, vanilla, saffron]
  3. the subtle [smell, scent] of her [perfume, fragrance]
  4. a subtle [change, difference, variation, shift] (in)
  5. a subtle change [in, from, compared to, against]
  6. a subtle difference in [taste, appearance, design]
  7. the difference (between them) is subtle
  8. a subtle [blend, mix, combination] (of)
  9. a subtle [way, approach, attempt, effort] (to)
  10. made subtle [allusions, references, nods] to
  11. drop subtle hints [about, as to, that]
  12. had a subtle [expression, smile, look] on her face
  13. gave him a subtle push towards
  14. the subtle irony of his [character, jokes, words]
  15. is a subtle [liar, schemer, crook]
  16. a subtle dose of [poison, arsenic, laxatives]
  17. is a subtle [knife, blade, weapon]
  18. your [comment, remark] was not very subtle
  19. your [comment] was far from subtle
  20. try to be subtle when you talk to [your boss, the owner]
  21. should (try to) be more subtle next time
  22. but try to be subtle
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