Synonym of subtle

Alternative for subtle

subtler, subtlest

Synonym: clever, crafty, cunning, delicate, faint, fine, foxy, shrewd, sly, thin, tricky, underhanded,

Antonym: simple,

Adjective

Barely perceptible to the senses
impalpable imperceptible indistinguishable slight minute undetectable small fine inappreciable indiscernible unnoticeable indistinct faint unapparent inconspicuous indefinite vague unperceivable imperceivable illusive tenuous elusive implied sheer undistinguishable attenuate ethereal inferred attenuated thin barely visible hard to make out tiny infinitesimal inaudible invisible microscopic insensible gradual shadowy ephemeral insignificant trivial inconsiderable imponderable momentary evanescent intangible inconsequential negligible minuscule unobservable nanoscopic unobtrusive impossible to detect obscure barely perceptible odorless indetectable untraceable hidden teeny-weeny unclear teensy-weensy odourless light undiscernible unfathomable minor unimportant trifling petty immaterial paltry exiguous piffling piddling not worth bothering about of no account not worth mentioning nugatory little frivolous measly picayune of no consequence niggling incidental nominal Mickey Mouse irrelevant fiddling footling meagre of no importance small-fry meager worthless pimping piddly nickel-and-dime no-account lightweight insubstantial de minimis of little account foolish scanty peanut minimal meaningless casual chicken pointless nonessential inadequate insufficient derisory pitiful of little importance of little consequence pathetic mingy poxy small-bore puny secondary unsubstantial lesser inessential non-essential of no moment superficial miserable marginal mean dinky small-time ignorable silly beggarly trite token not worth speaking of base pettifogging purportless second-rate shoestring wee wretched sorry scant peripheral pitiable nondescript low atomic neither here nor there ungenerous mere shallow two-bit skimpy idle useless flimsy valueless cheap of minor importance minor-league of no great concern low-ranking diminutive shabby twopenny-halfpenny penny-ante ghostly slender senseless ineffectual all the same perfunctory hollow mild subsidiary symbolic unintelligible smaller empty neglectable everyday incomprehensible commonplace toytown lilliputian wanky of no matter beside the point skin-deep vanishing trashy set common shoddy sleazy narrow unconsequential limited bush-league smalltime nothing uncelebrated unessential unnecessary soft inarticulate extraneous scratch unconsiderable contemptible inferior subordinate lower junior inconsequent of little import hard to understand teeny itsy-bitsy itty-bitty unconsidered runt inappropriate wimpy shrimp weensy microscopical miniature microminiature teensy eensy-weensy bitsy bitty weeny abstract extremely small titchy very small little-bitty tiddly no biggie small potatoes two bit entry level of no significance big zero airy little bitty incorporeal untouchable non-physical concealed dim bodiless disembodied aerial unembodied invisible to the naked eye obscured unseen transcendental unreal unearthly phantom wraithlike spectral supernatural unbodied spiritual unseeable shrouded unnoticed unobserved cloaked phantasmal discarnate disincarnate phantasmic clouded unexposed disguised surreptitious discreet undercover camouflaged nonexistent masked veiled secret undetected eclipsed unrevealed imperceptible to the touch uncertain abstruse rare hypothetical evasive unquantifiable indeterminate eluding evading unsure perdu covert vaporous imaginary latent unviewable screened gaseous undisclosed covered under wraps not in view not in sight not visible out of sight in the dark out of view

Adjective

(of a mixture or effect) Delicately complex and understated
muted faint understated delicate modest soft subdued vague gentle imperceptible inconspicuous indistinct minimalist pale slight tempered conservative indefinite moderated simple softened stifled unsubstantial discreet mellow muffled negligible unobtrusive enervated feeble indirect insinuated lowered neutral quiet repressed restrained suggestive unassuming low-key toned down toned-down washed out low-keyed delicately complex hardly detectable hardly noticeable unostentatious pastel dull faded light dim unpretentious unnoticeable flat plain sober low-profile unflashy unremarkable ordinary lacklustre lackluster sombre somber soft-hued downbeat light-coloured light-colored shaded hidden lustreless lusterless insignificant retiring concealed relaxed camouflaged unemphatic soft-pedalled tenuous secretive shy drab dark dreary dusty tasteful unlustrous invisible washy dulled washed-out light-toned played down easy having unconspicuous obscure reserved easy-going whitish laid-back bleached circumspect hushed bland unspectacular in the background fair blond blonde conventional dirty darkish greyish straight square demure casual informal moderate unshowy insouciant nonchalant equable grayish wishy-washy peaches-and-cream toned soft-pedaled weak out of sight together cool at ease unflappable unglamorous unfussy unimposing unexceptional undistinguished easygoing modulated characterless run-of-the-mill forgettable unmemorable inobtrusive light-hued pale-coloured pale-colored pastel-coloured unclouded pastel-colored clear clean free and easy downhome whispered loose unnoticed unseen not steep backstage gradual out of the limelight behind the scenes out of the spotlight out of the public eye soft-sell self-effacing played-down quietened murmured insipid dulcet inaudible mild not loud low soothing tame nondescript commonplace normal workaday average mediocre indifferent everyday prosaic uneventful common routine usual garden-variety typical meek humble diffident boring mundane timorous shrinking timid humdrum unassertive withdrawn reticent cut-and-dry standard cut-and-dried standard-issue bashful unconfident natural insecure stock quotidian uninspired mousy unnoteworthy nothing special common or garden par for the course bog standard silent down-to-earth unaffected lowly genuine unpretending artless unambitious prim ingenuous backward prevailing formulaic settled popular familiar habitual wonted traditional customary established garden accustomed frequent general public unimpressive pedestrian middle-of-the-road bog-standard acceptable adequate tolerable decent OK so-so fair-to-middling no great shakes anonymous second-rate unexciting middling nothing to write home about not much cop plodding introverted unaggressive introvert unpresuming unforthcoming amateur amateurish vanilla hackneyed keeping a low profile trite ornery jejune suburban nothing out of the ordinary generic inconsequential okay no big deal a dime a dozen plain vanilla

Adjective

Capable of making fine distinctions
astute shrewd keen sharp acute clever fine ingenious intelligent perceptive percipient quick sagacious adroit aware canny discerning insightful intuitive penetrating sapient sensitive bright brilliant cerebral dextrous dexterous discriminating incisive smart thoughtful wise analytical cagey cagy genius intellectual knowing perspicacious piercing politic precocious savvy skilful analytic brainy complex deep deft detailed exacting experienced intriguing judicious quick-witted ratiocinative skillful vigilant fly on the ball whip-smart rapier-like razor-like razor-sharp sharp-witted prudent profound cunning artful crafty wily sly observant critical delicate calculating argute foxy guileful sage alert discreet clear-sighted ready pawky heads-up scheming long-headed sophisticated knowledgeable careful tactful erudite hardheaded streetwise heady suss cautious tricky clear-eyed hard-boiled smooth devious enlightened slick designing cute dodgy diplomatic considerate polite gnostic nimble trenchant clear understanding penetrative rational courteous slippery probing tactical beguiling searching quick off the mark quick on the uptake razor-edged knife-like sensible refined fast supersmart media-savvy ultrasmart insighted respectful skilled gentle suave exceptional sympathetic sharpened capable resourceful gracious accurate hyperintelligent nimble-witted agile sharp as a tack treating with kid gloves wary enquiring inquiring able not born yesterday finely honed leery cultivated tasteful exquisite cultured whiz good einstein selective precise responsive apt circumspect razor sharp heedful fastidious keen-witted foresighted sussed minute acuminous worldly-wise Machiavellian sneaky seemly cordial decorous polished awake conscious sophic questioning watchful hep frugal softly-softly kid-glove inventive creative original exact witty shifty urbane civil poised mannerly kind not missing a trick tuned in ear to the ground knows what's what wise to smart as a tack having smarts quick on the trigger knowing how many beans make five nobody's fool with all one's wits about one with it street smart street-smart manipulative unscrupulous as sharp as a tack having fancy footwork imaginative innovative insidious learned masterly examining pointed thorough exploratory inquisitive researching investigative intense curious interested scholarly inspired gifted enterprising adept talented philosophical treating something with kid gloves innovational fertile elaborate trailblazing innovatory originative Promethean abstruse serious informed recondite strategic conciliatory conniving arch bland contriving opportunistic pioneering weighty esoteric arcane difficult artistic deviceful reflective hermetic hermetical occult orphic acroamatic secret thinking outside the box complicated tough full of insight showing great knowledge with great knowledge prickly thorny intricate hairy sticky fiddly knotty underhand problematical problematic disingenuous farsighted inside shark astucious calculated far-sighted tricksy spiny catchy far-seeing wised up in the know on the inside on top of up on cognizant sentient alive mindful thinking receptive witting familiar acquainted active educated abreast apperceptive versed sharp-sighted conversant ware proficient worldly apprehensive quick-thinking cognitive mature apprised well-informed competent wide awake visionary reasoning particular observing logical fussy sensatory finicky aesthetic accomplished choosy sensorial sensory nice finical picky seasoned sensile feeling practical reactive wired unprovincial persnickety mental intent emotional perceiving seeing esthetic all there well-read prescient having been around versant open-eyed downy cluey reasonable responsible cosmopolitan enthusiastic academic discriminatory expressive animate attentive familiar with bookish extraordinary expert demanding lively scrupulous acquainted with consummate pernickety comprehending crack spirited cool knowledgeable about poetic vigorous appreciative squeamish faddish dainty ace master choosey well informed well read well educated brisk fussbudgety finicking meticulous quick on the draw au fait with hotshot faddy clued-up sensitive to well versed in well informed about au courant well up on no stranger to old-maidish au courant with genial hard to please genned up on on the beam plugged in in on down with impeccable diagnostic differentiating powerful handy strong reliable beady hawklike concise adult dependable steely umbrageous irritable impressible easily affected unstable turned on to ticklish oversensitive touchy touchy feely supersensitive tense hung up high-strung nervous susceptible precarious emotionable impressionable hypersensitive psychic crisp succinct punchy pithy eloquent heightened elite swift PDQ prompt finely tuned lettered sprightly psychological egghead mincing mentally keen qualified arty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to the point grown-up well-developed well-honed virtuoso star up-to-date up effectual effective level-headed schooled literate scientific mercurial curt intrapersonal instructed highbrow together abreast of practiced informed about into hip sensuous with-it tuned-in tutored widely read live living thought intellective very smart susceptive moving well-taught having a good head on one's shoulders know how many beans make five having no flies on smart as a whip practised in practised skilled in proficient in apprised of at home with experienced in at home ambitious adventurous energetic brain elevated figurative elegant symbolic flowery graceful discriminative venturesome nifty sentimental breathing self-aware sensate flesh-and-blood recognizing noticing aggressive discriminational differential kept posted up to speed on plugged into up to date on perfect in clued up on cognizant of au fait beautiful recognising admiring supportive able to recognize in the right mind capable of feeling full of feeling learning select individualising eclectic opinionated individualizing choicy forward tasty first-rate phenomenal selfish materialistic grasping blasé privy appraised hot wizard remarkable worldly-minded avaricious greedy covetous pleased recognizant clued with good taste disenchanted callous hardened uptown self-centered power-loving mondain unprincipled self-centred switched-on commendatory applauding complimentary favorable positive approving friendly approbatory top-notch top-drawer alive to grounded sensible to sensible of alert to well versed in the ways of the world worldly wise been around have the goods top-hole ahead of one's peers class act out of the ordinary have smarts old beyond one's years got it shining at advanced for one's age certain encouraging regardful sure up with conversant with hip to cooperative satisfied favourable generous affectionate clued in on ware of in the picture hep to on to in the know about up to date with up to date inflexible puritanical prim pure prudish stuffy pedantic proper punctilious prissy perfectionist nitpicking overdelicate overparticular overnice hypercritical Victorian strait-laced difficult to please schoolmarmish over-particular impossible to please nit-picking nit-picky

Adjective

Crafty or cunning, especially in surreptitious behavior
crafty cunning shady shifty shrewd sly artful calculating conniving devious beguiling canny deceptive foxy guileful scheming sneaky wily dodgy Machiavellian pawky skilful skillful slick tricky designing slippery smooth cute insidious malicious deceitful duplicitous underhand cagey dishonest treacherous sharp slim astute cagy disingenuous unscrupulous clever crooked double-dealing underhanded Janus-faced smart cheating manipulative untrustworthy ingenious fly shonky carny intriguing unprincipled intelligent fraudulent stealthy streetwise indirect furtive two-faced false plotting perfidious dissembling sneaking sharp-witted resourceful vulpine insincere bent deep roguish dishonourable evasive knowing dishonorable secret lying adroit mendacious untruthful deceiving conspiratorial snide traitorous hollow-hearted false-hearted truthless double-faced surreptitious covert corrupt keen dirty clandestine delusive unfair politic savvy hypocritical secretive dexterous bluffing elusive rogue dextrous street smart street-smart knavish misleading oblique disreputable conspiring arch counterfeit illusory captious contriving dubious masterly adept inventive imaginative immoral unethical proficient deft backstairs fiendish greasy hidden dangerous snaky sinister slinking fast Punic defrauding unreliable two-timing astucious serpentine fishy hugger-mugger hole-and-corner under the table crazy like a fox colluding acute impish mischievous alert wry delusory witted swindling perceptive discerning wise collusive caballing experienced heads-up tricksy nifty mean sagacious heedful observant discriminating quick feigned trick unjust rascally wormlike perilous ensnaring backhanded amoral unlawful criminal illegal dicey unfaithful iffy irresponsible bogus sham not candid not frank uncandid heady quick-witted deviant undependable unfrank unveracious malfeasant cautious unsporting unsportsmanlike venomous crazy like fox terminologically inexact not entirely truthful hoodwinking recreant backbiting double-crossing unctuous villainous cloak-and-dagger back-alley below the belt veiled shrouded not to be trusted gingerly chary considerate wary premeditating circumspect discreet safe careful guarded murky snidey low-down lurking virulent vipery like a snake in the grass spurious plausible bum seeming rascal catchy off fake mock phoney phony imposturous pretended sly like a fox economical with the truth erring errant obliquitous gimmicky not straightforward faking one out playing politics put on playing games undercover private underground stealth privy sneak black skulking cloaked cowardly yellow faithless hush-hush behind-the-scenes fallacious base questionable untrue disloyal low wicked nefarious venal bad suspect suspicious foul wrong nasty artificial fly-by-night unsavoury sordid scandalous reprobate rapacious unconscionable illicit contemptible despicable corruptible evil ignoble seedy unsavory thieving scoundrelly degenerate shameless discreditable larcenous sticky-fingered cutthroat light-fingered shameful unpleasant phony-baloney phoney-baloney pilfering bribable vile fickle inconstant conscienceless grafting mealymouthed mealy dirty-dealing jive double buyable lawless kleptomaniacal rotten Pecksniffian lip inequitable unprofessional mercenary sleazy improper left-handed depraved specious iniquitous back-stabbing inglorious scurvy predatory pretend vicious dissimulating unsound thievish fabricated dark concocted invalid corrupted not dependable perjured sinful spoliative plunderous piratic shabby trustless fibbing invented dastardly ignominious disgraceful sketchy unsafe unworthy cheap incorrect forged distorted abject wrongful deluding slimy exploitative unfounded not cricket mean-spirited unregenerate stealing mysterious purchasable apocryphal imaginary nimble-fingered funny fair-weather hollow untrusty notorious fictitious irregular unloyal made up doubtful ruthless distasteful cooked-up seamy not to be depended on unwarranted vulgar unwholesome arrant felonious inaccurate erroneous pseudo ambidextrous illegitimate cynical prevaricating equivocating imitation dissolute suborned ill-gotten inexact beggarly detestable wretched licentious reprehensible casuistic canting grubby flawed adulterous worthless petty deplorable scummy sorry treasonable falsified affected warped low-minded mistaken out of order simulated unstable changeable renegade treasonous glib apostate contrived faked coloured counterfactual against the rules colored cod of dubious character on the take trumped up potentially illegal betraying trumped-up snake in the grass contraband shadowy suspected disbelieved equivocal kleptic theftuous furacious corruptable wrongdoing unpredictable incorrigible unconscientious Byzantine stinky bootleg sleazoid sleazo queer macabre mercentary praetorian stop-at-nothing abandoned profligate wanton salty ornery hostile tortuous overdone exaggerated indefensible raffish intentionally misleading selfish degrading self-seeking degraded cowboy unjustifiable unsatisfactory unacceptable unjustified unreasonable uncalled for bamboozling against the law obnoxious offensive devilish under the counter buccaneering put-on lacking sincerity paltering fugitive unhonest wayward repellent repulsive objectionable rough disagreeable rudderless self-righteous sanctimonious unnecessary backstabbing left- handed fink pretentious pseud pixieish scampish pixie leprechaunish waggish puckish pixy prankish elvish opportunist assumed sub-rosa concealed untrusted opportunistic pillaging plundering not trustworthy pretending misrepresenting inventing misstating falsifying not on out of turn unsteady insecure hard to pin down uncertain mutable variable falsehearted malevolent forsworn mythomaniac with tongue in cheek good-for-nothing expedient frolicsome infamous prostituted faux grotty subversive seditious double dealing pinching shoplifting pocket-picking boorish uncouth revolting rude churlish coarse gross not to be relied upon rebellious lubricious avaricious grasping doubting committing perjury a bit much louche adopted wolfish mutinous unrighteous unseemly unqualified inauthentic improvised framed devised cooked up noisome repugnant filching flighty shocking simoniac simoniacal padded decadent breakaway negligent profiteering dud jivey hypocritic oily pharisaical unnatural feigning non-existent made-up flimflam scam unbelieving biased prejudiced on the QT under wraps on the quiet open to bribery squalid ungentlemanly extortionate open pharisaic Pharisaic Tartuffian Pharisaical dummy unauthentic over the fence a bit thick unconverted sceptical skeptical wavering capricious changeful fluctuating fabulous out misguided discriminatory abhorrent paltry outrageous opprobrious disorderly piratical mythical in error mythological actorly quack under-the-table execrable unsportsmanly disgusting indecent crass tawdry abominable graceless of bad reputation shy unrespectable shoddy partisan low-life no-good odious unfactual nonfactual fictional baseless lame currish scungy lousy smooth-spoken smooth-tongued beastly ratty scabby prejudicial partial unequal bigoted pitiable lowly lewd derogatory libidinous so-called not genuine make-believe fast and loose off-color dual gone to the dogs weighted intolerant slanted preferential no good in bad in low esteem in the doghouse undue loaded unbalanced uneven arbitrary faulty blameworthy culpable cruel grievous unrightful inexcusable injurious unreal imprecise one-sided non-objective uncalled-for misrepresentative sophistical factitious ersatz

Adjective

Not clearly expressed or easily understood
obscure abstruse arcane enigmatic cryptic esoteric mysterious occult opaque puzzling deep recondite incomprehensible confusing elliptical unfathomable baffling impenetrable intricate mystical mystifying unclear unintelligible ambiguous complex convoluted elliptic enigmatical inexplicable inscrutable involved murky mystic nebulous oblique oracular riddling uninterpretable vague abstract coded dark perplexing strange unexplained complicated Delphic fuliginous illegible illogical inconceivable incredible indecisive insoluble secret secretive technical far-out double-edged as clear as mud not easily understood clear as mud hard to understand clear as dishwater Greek to me profound involute involuted rarefied difficult hard hermetic hazy hermetical recherché heavy above one's head little known over one's head hidden equivocal bewildering unaccountable concealed veiled cabalistic unknowable indecipherable unexplainable sibylline uncanny covert cabbalistic knotty wildering fathomless labyrinthine beyond comprehension clandestine unsolvable tangled elaborate dense difficult to understand peculiar odd indistinct thorny sophisticated incognizable unrevealed tortuous tricky confused ungraspable Byzantine labyrinthian shadowy byzantine sphinxlike weird undecipherable Gordian shrouded paradoxical jumbled baroque daedal beyond one problematical entangled Daedalian private insolvable fiddly uncertain inexplainable inner curious unreadable bizarre Greek cloaked tenebrous clouded impossible to understand tough beyond one's grasp black muddled underlying troublesome beyond understanding complicate serpentine detailed fancy interlaced obfuscated unknown full of twists and turns indefinite unimaginable acroamatic orphic incoherent indirect doubtful unsolved indiscernible unanswerable queer apocryphal evasive Delphian beats me indescribable undefinable confounding mumbled personal garbled stealthy undercover surreptitious inarticulate inextricable out-of-the-way uncomprehensible awkward problematic repressed unapparent inaccessible challenging incalculable winding individual cloak-and-dagger internal cumbersome inaudible mazy covered mixed knotted bamboozling surprising rambling hard to follow Daedalean hi-tech two-edged fanciful supernatural intense ulterior subliminal cryptical dry hypermetric weighty serious metaphysical little-known pedantic Alexandrian scholarly academic magical secreted funny undiscoverable intimate unnatural mysterial ineffable unresolvable teasing stumping stickling indeterminate intellectual cerebral highbrow arduous subjective cagey foggy dubious shrouded in mystery mazelike taxing full of surprises beyond you irresolvable unresolved unconcluded refined nubilous amphibological purblind imperceptive too deep meaningless mind-boggling mind-bending hard to solve vexing advanced hard to explain gnarly thought-provoking without a solution unable to be solved indigestible labyrinthial labyrinthical labyrinthiform labyrinthic labyrinthal unusual astonishing unparalleled extraordinary freakish freak uphill terrible ramified reticular formidable effortful elusive bemusing freaky fluky slurred anagogic spooky rum senseless scrambled all Greek to someone double Dutch beyond your grasp above your head too hard to understand too difficult to understand unheard-of unwonted uncommon really hard very hard all Greek to you unexplicit inexplicit disguised off the wall implied subconscious masked all Greek to me suppressed underhand underground furtive muffled conspiratorial hush-hush camouflaged sneaky muttered halting faltering hesitant backstairs closet hinted at ill-defined hesitating stuttering stammering stumbling sly sneak privy underhanded sneaking stealth shifty speechless mute voiceless in ambush on the QT unenlightened hugger-mugger behind someone's back behind-the-scenes unseen top-secret surprise backdoor hole-and-corner unexposed unrecognizable invisible shielded unrecognisable hooded screened roundabout tongue-tied disjointed reticent unvocal mumbling blurred maundering clumsy poorly spoken ravelled sinuous twisted circuitous ornate rococo heterogeneous multifaceted multifarious variegated nuanced raveled high-tech long-drawn-out can of worms maze-like mixed up drawn-out

Adjective

Significantly below an amount or level that is adequate
meagre meager scanty scant sparse paltry scarce small insufficient inadequate poor skimpy measly inconsiderable slight exiguous deficient insubstantial slim stingy slender spare light little sparing short inappreciable skimp wanting weak miserable puny mean flimsy derisory bare tenuous minimum shabby barren scrimpy unfinished unproductive mere infertile scrimp unfruitful bitty lacking stinted stunted hand-to-mouth too little too late few thin negligible modest minimal tiny insignificant marginal nominal faint feeble imperceptible vague infinitesimal minuscule minute gentle piddling trifling limited trivial inconsequential petty restricted pathetic unimportant low miserly piffling minor rare picayune niggling shy nugatory in short supply footling unsubstantial pitiful lean not enough worthless frivolous immaterial incidental meaningless irrelevant piddly sketchy Mickey Mouse few and far between ungenerous beggarly thin on the ground pointless infrequent failing pimping frail mingy no-account nonessential fragile too few too little scattered de minimis at a premium frugal sporadic superficial outside trite remote lightweight incomplete chicken peanut narrow off reduced diminutive fiddling of no account of no consequence hard to come by diminished casual tight uncommon lame secondary occasional incommensurate valueless ignorable second-rate lesser lamentable bereft base fractional implausible shoddy too small pitiable improbable nickel-and-dime hard to find of little account not worth mentioning small-fry of little consequence of little importance of no importance depleted unconvincing shallow contemptible dwindling ordinary thinning middling destitute dispersed faulty unlikely idle straggling imperfect defective nondescript foolish unfrequent unsatisfactory dry drained thinly distributed distant purportless everyday non-essential twopenny-halfpenny far-fetched dubious doubtful dinky small-bore questionable of minor importance low in numbers inconceivable seldom seen shoestring minuscular fragmentary disappointing humble confined on the small side wispy little bitty smallish lousy economical unsufficient token scrubby basal close wretched sorry diffuse isolated poxy peripheral mediocre laughable lowly subnormal barely sufficient finite toytown parsimonious junk extraneous senseless unqualified hardly any cut next to none next to no of no moment not worth speaking of of little import needed dicey iffy absurd inessential unconsiderable smaller pettifogging commonplace trashy set common sleazy ineffectual unconsequential little or no not making it not much not hacking it coming up short minus unfitted incapable unample incompetent devoid penny-ante run-down minor-league small-time of no great concern two-bit low-ranking bush-league silly wanky at a low level woeful sad insipid just momentary atomic beside the point microscopic skin-deep not worth bothering about evanescent vanishing lilliputian cheap short of out of less bare-boned unusual merely only threadbare unbelievable far faraway outlying untenable vapid seldom found widely spaced in the minority out of the ordinary missing flawed weak-kneed incredible flat unpersuasive inferior impaired nothing more than no more than no better than no more important than substandard needing scrappy unsound timorous unenthusiastic duff unsuitable unworthy short-handed low on short on second string second fiddle not up to scratch outta gas unassembled unequal underprovided not make it found wanting undersupplied not cut out for injured amiss damaged third string leaving much to be desired marred timid spiritless like gold dust not to be had moderate mild tame not to be had for love nor money scarcer than hen's teeth wishy-washy lily-livered half-hearted faint-hearted low-key

Adjective

Difficult to remember or describe
elusive indefinable indefinite baffling indistinct intangible ambiguous fleeting impalpable puzzling transient deceptive fugitive indescribable transitory unanalyzable unanalysable inexpressible nameless undefinable inconceivable ineffable incommunicable unthinkable uncommunicable unspecified unspecifiable unspeakable undescribable unutterable unimaginable inenarrable defying description preternatural beggaring description untellable nondescript beyond words beyond description sublime unbelievable abstract unheard of vague unclear hazy dim mysterious obscure inexpressable unexpressible unknowable wonderful marvellous fantastic incredible overwhelming untold marvelous impossible astonishing fabulous amazing astounding breathtaking staggering unthought of incomprehensible incalculable incorporeal indeterminable hard to define hard to describe evasive implausible mind-boggling misleading unimagined equivocal unconvincing fantastical improbable unlikely unheard-of incredulous unconceivable uncompelling empyrean divine empyreal transcendental sacred heavenly celestial ideal deep holy ethereal transcendent spiritual inapprehensible exceptional unique singular mind-blowing incogitable undreamed-of rare unordinary uncommon doubtful extraordinary elusory undreamed of fraudulent illusory not understandable beyond belief full of it unspecific oracular fallacious beyond the realm of reason beyond wildest dreams beyond your wildest dreams too sacred for words fugacious occult greasy deceitful imponderable insubstantial tenuous phantom shy evanescent stonewalling volatile tricky

Adjective

Placing undue emphasis on petty details
pettifogging hairsplitting mean sophisticated caviling cavilling insignificant niggling nit-picking paltry petty piddling quibbling captious casuistic equivocating minor picayune sophistical trifling trivial unimportant negligible inconsequential slight small inconsiderable footling piffling minute measly Mickey Mouse little nominal frivolous piddly peanut pimping chicken no-account nickel-and-dime de minimis nugatory fiddling of little account incidental penny-ante foolish small-fry of no account worthless inessential puny twopenny-halfpenny pitiful derisory pathetic mingy light inappreciable poxy exiguous shallow irrelevant fussy small-bore not worth mentioning not worth bothering about finicky tiny idle miserable meagre minuscule scanty inferior dinky beggarly insubstantial valueless of no consequence of little consequence lower junior contemptible marginal subordinate lesser secondary meager of little importance casual scratch cheap inconsequent two-bit shoestring base pedantic carping picky futile token inadequate subsidiary peripheral insufficient scant pitiable wretched sorry small-time ungenerous useless mere shabby unconsiderable skimpy meaningless potty everyday non-essential flimsy commonplace pointless trite of no importance wanky momentary nonessential diminutive atomic microscopic immaterial skin-deep ignorable evanescent vanishing beside the point silly superficial empty vain hollow loitering jejune inane idling vapid insipid banal no big deal no big thing minimal lightweight deficient poor sparse stingy low infinitesimal limited unproductive ineffectual unsubstantial barren scarce slender profitless imperceptible miserly modest ineffective unavailing unprofitable minimum unnecessary senseless fruitless frothy second-rate short lousy trashy lean of no moment flighty mediocre bootless neither here nor there nothing puerile shoddy reduced extraneous unsuccessful abortive featherbrained sparing unsatisfactory unessential sterile otiose of no value minor-league fractional time-wasting giddy smaller scatterbrained dizzy bush-league purposeless subnormal harebrained ditzy goofy inefficacious birdbrained not worth speaking of ditsy purportless yeasty wanting tacky slim junky of no great concern lightheaded perfunctory ridiculous in vain light-headed to no avail light-minded cursory rubbishy of no use aimless substandard lowly despicable lame low-ranking bad null unusable low-grade impractical tangential lacking inutile spare fine weak bogus waste counterproductive ignoble abandoned narrow accessory dependent minus flippant lamentable hair-splitting inappropriate occasional impotent hopeless failed laughable insulting thin few tenuous skimp second-string ludicrous impalpable preposterous no-good absurd outrageous risible below the mark to no purpose obscure on a treadmill restricted tawdry frugal scrimpy bare nondescript sleazy common unimpressive ordinary disappointing unsound subpar unacceptable dissatisfactory good-for-nothing gimcrack Brummagem sketchy desultory nasty slapdash passing motiveless inapposite farcical crummy low-quality rotten unconsidered defective abject drossy poor-quality rare wack crumby punk impertinent inapplicable suboptimal scattered under chaffy younger subaltern rubbish off bush sour wrong ill sporadic of minor importance irrelative uncritical unhelpful sad thwarted imperfect uncommon infrequent of no merit rattlebrained fatuous foreign small potatoes thoughtless smalltime fickle unreal no good of no matter not pertinent not germane all the same exhausted nuanced depthless of no avail to no effect delusive below par surface-level not to the point faint elusive abstruse distinct middling basal no more than no dice in short supply strict hard to find next to none empty-headed seldom seen fine-drawn cryptic enigmatic fine-spun finespun straggling thin on the ground low in numbers hard to come by from hunger few and far between bird-brained esoteric half-baked next to no unfrequent recondite at a premium ne'er-do-well mild neglectable wee symbolic toytown niggly cockamamie cockamamy derisive comical dismal low precedence lilliputian peppercorn set unconsequential hand-to-mouth humble undemanding unintellectual tinpot zero zilch zip indifferent wimpy runt shrimp depleted diddly little bitty bitty smallish ancillary low preference not a priority dead forlorn fragmentary unimposing hardly worth mentioning background auxiliary by-the-way by-the-by no biggie two bit big zero entry level of no significance rinky-dink feckless non-successful too little too late illogical asinine no great shakes diminished extrinsic less important uncelebrated featherweight imponderous incompetent failing irrational woeful not enough basic unreasonable doomed vacant unpurposed throwaway without depth expendable of less importance dispensable shy just only Sisyphean lost dwindling invalid wasted unneeded resultless impracticable very groundless related contributory supplementary contributing absolute unreasoning cut no good to gundy without rhyme or reason crude low priority fallacious nanoscopic frilly lacking substance save one's breath for nought not worth the candle faulty unworthy meretricious gaudy showy baseless nonrational of little import unsatisfying junk lemon ropy duff offensive unsuitable least smallest littlest slightest run-down lighthearted indistinguishable insensible barely perceptible no use execrable cut-rate tasteless schlocky cheapjack terrible vulgar cheesy bum low-rent schlock coarse bargain-basement garish powerless displeasing lowest rambling unfounded inconsiderate baulked misfired minutest tiniest fewest merest illegitimate distressing damaged intangible vague ephemeral indiscernible invisible shadowy inaudible unnoticeable imponderable unobservable unperceivable gradual undetectable indistinct inconspicuous just a no better than only a brummagem frustrated foiled glib simplistic unfructuous pants of no benefit at a low level lacking foundation very little smallest amount of least possible no-win misleading unnotable void without success shuck delusory balked schematic simple unrelated unconnected matter of indifference a matter of indifference makes no difference no never mind hasty third-rate el cheapo trumpery not up to par jerry-built below average second rate not up to scratch minor league tenth-rate below standard not satisfying not up to snuff without grounds not serious without foundation two a penny not much cop inapt not a prayer in vicious circle going nowhere hurried facile surface ignorant oversimplified a dead loss unsaleable a dime a dozen detached disconnected unthinking unintelligent unscholarly remote independent unassociated unapt disparate dissociated outside less of little value of negligible value inapropos separate inappurtenant in the minority seldom found widely spaced unusual out of the ordinary not applicable off base not pertaining to off the topic not connected off the point not related nothing to do with out of place not connected with off the subject out of order not worth a hill of beans nodding slipshod offhand rapid rushed of no financial value fleeting inattentive quick one-dimensional wishy-washy partial insincere flash summary feigning would fetch nothing

Adjective

Not obvious

Adjective

Characterized by or fond of small and overfine distinctions
hair-splitting fault-finding nice carping niggling quibbling captious caviling cavilling critical criticising criticizing fine pettifogging censorious disapproving finicky hypercritical judgemental nitpicking nit-picking overcritical pass-remarkable pedantic punctilious overnice overrefined pernickety persnickety picky fussy faultfinding hairsplitting over-exacting overscrupulous nagging rejective judgmental hard to please sophistical perfectionist precisionist precise meticulous fastidious disparaging scholastic demanding exact scrupulous dogmatic literalistic finical literalist purist formalist over-censorious over-particular reproachful overprecise casuistical casuistic sophistic over-rigorous over-strict exceptive sarcastic exacting severe cavillous particular negative nit-picky difficult to please impossible to please ambiguous equivocal evasive overexact jesuitical overexacting on someone's back deprecating grousing grouchy moaning complaining grumbling grouching whining scholarly over-subtle donnish academic erudite learned unfavorable unfavourable scathing bleating deprecatory griping slighting bellyaching condemnatory irritable crabby touchy cantankerous peevish nitpicky trivial testy perverse petty thorny acrimonious unfair contrary petulant unjust cross tricky pedagogic whingeing kvetching very critical mithering chuntering dissatisfied discontented overparticular scolding critic humbling diagnostic demeaning judgy calumniatory harsh belittling trenchant sharp discerning cutting penetrating biting contemptuous choleric condemning withering discriminating cynical censuring derogatory analytical satirical lowering stern castigatory reproving denunciatory accusatory reprobative vituperative accusing denouncing reprobatory full of reproof damnatory damning disappointed proscriptive shrewish abusive admonitory unforgiving upbraiding sharp-tongued culpatory reprehending reproaching chiding severely critical choosy choosey old-maidish dainty fussbudgety delicate finicking selective unsympathetic trying uncompromising ultra-critical importunate strict intractable clamorous tiresome tough obstinate rigorous dictatorial hardheaded overbearing unaccommodating firm sticklerish querulous hard-line stiff inflexible insistent obdurate serious needy unmanageable possessive hard unsparing hard to satisfy imperious stubborn unflinching troublesome unreasonable high-maintenance stringent unbending exigent difficult unamenable fractious tyrannical

Adjective

Aesthetically pleasing
artistic beautiful fine aesthetic decorative elegant lovely stylish exquisite graceful ornamental tasteful creative pleasing attractive cultivated emotional expressive imaginative moving aesthetically pleasing cultured dramatic esthetic grand harmonious ideal musical pictorial picturesque refined rhythmical stimulating sublime pretty handsome smart sophisticated classy luxurious fancy charming delicate majestic symbolic literary visual gorgeous fashionable polished comely discerning courtly swanky poetic vivid urbane chic enhancing schmick sensitive beautifying stately ornate plush nice striking ornamented arresting colourful pleasant colorful in good taste photographic pictographic appealing savory technical formal graphic glamorous artful inventive aesthetical discriminating high-quality expensive fastidious elevated figurative flowery graphical delineated restrained sculptural savoury upmarket ritzy coffee-table fit becoming fitting memorable impressive perceptive profound deep insightful arty swish glitzy written chocolate-box stunning drop-dead cute seemly good lovesome beauteous fetching bonny knockout taking fair ravishing goodly likely bonnie sightly spiffy quiet snazzy swank posh pure chaste unaffected gratifying rich classical precise unobtrusive splendiferous subdued uptown stylistic glossy well produced full of feeling printed published good-looking embellishing showy well-favored cosmetic adorning nonfunctional non-functional gingerbread furbishing florid dressy patterned festooned garnishing accessory elaborate heightening decorating decking for show scenic in print idyllic breathtaking setting off enchanting lush unsoiled luscious photogenic quaint as pretty as a picture opulent classic modish sumptuous dignified paradisiacal paradisiac paradisal paradisaical paradisaic distinguished dashing select choice suave noble decorous dainty rare ostentatious genteel affected debonair august superior high-class recherche aristocratic overdone stylized well-designed well-dressed a la mode well-bred

Adjective

Thin or gaunt
lank slim thin lean slender lanky skinny spare emaciated gaunt scraggy scrawny gangling gangly skeletal spindly tall angular attenuated bony pinched rangy gawky raw-boned size-zero skin-and-bones weedy rawboned attenuate beanpole beanstalk cadaverous delicate ethereal featherweight fleshless fragile haggard lightweight meagre meager narrow peaked pole puny rarefied reedy rickety shadow shrivelled shriveled slight slinky small stalky starved stick stilt threadlike twiggy twiglike undernourished underweight wan wasted wizened all skin and bones thin as a rail anorexic underfed macilent spindle-shanked lithe willowy svelte looking like a bag of bones stringy hollow-cheeked boney fatless skin and bones weak drawn sylphlike withered shrunken spindling stick-like gracile anorectic starveling thin as a rake as thin as a rake slightly built lissom hollow-eyed half-starved leggy wiry very thin famished trim frail light skin and bone as thin as a reed hungry lantern-jawed little undersized graceful underdeveloped atrophied snake-hipped long-legged ultrathin skin-and-bone fine scraggly without an ounce of fat pint-sized like a bag of bones feeble wraithlike long-limbed spidery worn to a shadow stilted extenuated sharp awkward consumptive phthisical skeletonlike stark elongated sinewy hairline paper-thin needlelike slim-jim clean-limbed waifish thin as rail sticklike lithesome wispy lissome aciculate acicular long like a rail malnourished loose-jointed like a skeleton like a matchstick bare tenuous rattleboned broomstick over-thin no fat raddled peaky skeleton looking like death warmed up Lilliputian meek undersize homuncular stunted diminutive tiny shrimpy stubby pint-size dwarf peewee fun size small-boned dwarfish shrimp squat elfin pygmy runtish bantam midget mere short a slip of a … petite pocket smallish dinky half-pint wee miniature pocket-sized toylike subnormal pocket-size minute low mini teeny teeny-weeny baby minuscule teensy-weensy stumpy runty toy dainty negligible measly truncated low-slung itsy-bitsy marginal scant faint sparse nominal knee-high to a grasshopper inappreciable inconsiderable stocky microscopic insignificant dwarfed squatty infinitesimal minikin low down teensy undeveloped peanut minimal paltry low-lying immature modest knee high to a grasshopper remote outside scanty insubstantial sawed-off lilliputian off minuscular compact small-scale imperceptible sawn-off tiddly fubsy shallow vest-pocket ickle titchy little-bitty itty-bitty bitsy bitty knee-high junior near to the ground yea big not heavy not large sprightly pygmyish scaled-down fun-size bonsai unused infantile unfledged pygmaean flimsy runted scrub shot undergrown mite trifling minimum pee-wee nanoscopic weeny weakly smaller button sickly yea high small fry miniaturized dumpy pintsized lightly-built small-fry unsubstantial niggling zero useless zilch inferior picayune nothing unsound runt minor infirm two-bit unconsequential worthless pintsize exiguous not long soft not tall small time decumbent crouched unelevated miniaturised knee high to a gnat close to the ground vague low-set tinny squeaky shrill gentle low-hanging not high high cracked high-pitched insufficient skimpy limited cramped snub embryonic babyish young infant fleeting hasty brief short-lived not big hardly any

Antonym of subtle

subtle Idiom, Proverb

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