Synonyms for delicateˈdɛl ɪ kɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delicate(adj)

    exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury

    fragile, finespun, touchy, frail, soft, ticklish

    easy, unrefined, unbreakable, rugged, unskilled, toughened, knockabout, sturdy, insensitive, tough

  2. delicate(adj)

    marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique

    fragile, finespun, touchy, frail, soft, ticklish

    insensitive, knockabout, sturdy, unskilled, toughened, unrefined, tough, rugged, unbreakable, easy

  3. delicate, fragile, frail(adj)

    easily broken or damaged or destroyed

    delicate, slight, fallible, imperfect, tenuous, ticklish, soft, fragile, touchy, frail, thin, flimsy, weak, finespun

    unbreakable, tough, insensitive, rugged, unskilled, knockabout, unrefined, sturdy, easy, toughened

  4. delicate, soft(adj)

    easily hurt

    cushy, indulgent, mild, easy, piano, balmy, lenient, voiced, easygoing, soft, delicate, diffused, frail, flabby, subdued, diffuse, sonant, flaccid, ticklish, gentle, finespun, touchy, fragile

    tough, sturdy, unskilled, toughened, unbreakable, easy, knockabout, insensitive, unrefined, rugged

  5. finespun, delicate(adj)

    developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety

    delicate, ticklish, soft, fragile, touchy, frail, hairsplitting, finespun

    unbreakable, tough, sturdy, unrefined, rugged, easy, unskilled, knockabout, toughened, insensitive

  6. delicate, ticklish, touchy(adj)

    difficult to handle; requiring great tact

    delicate, feisty, ticklish, soft, fragile, touchy, frail, huffy, thin-skinned, finespun

    easy, toughened, unbreakable, insensitive, knockabout, sturdy, unskilled, rugged, tough, unrefined

  7. delicate(adj)

    of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely

    fragile, finespun, touchy, frail, soft, ticklish

    unskilled, tough, toughened, rugged, knockabout, insensitive, unbreakable, unrefined, easy, sturdy


  1. delicate(adjective)


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. delicate

    Fine (Latin finis, end) denotes that which has been brought to a full end, finished. From this root-sense many derived meanings branch out, causing words quite remote from each other to be alike synonyms of fine. That which is truly finished, brought to an ideal end, is excellent of its kind, and beautiful, if a thing that admits of beauty; as, a fine house, fine trees, a fine woman, a fine morning; if a thing that admits of the removal of impurities, it is not finished till these are removed, and hence fine signifies clarified, clear, pure, refined; as, fine gold. That which is finished is apt to be polished, smooth to the touch, minutely exact in outline; hence fine comes to be a synonym for all words like dainty, delicate, exquisite; as, fine manners, a fine touch, fine perceptions. As that which is delicate is apt to be small, by an easy extension of meaning fine becomes a synonym for slender, slight, minute, comminuted; as, a fine thread, fine sand; or for filmy, tenuous, thin; as, a fine lace, fine wire; and as a thin edge is keen, sharp, fine becomes also a synonym for these words; as, a fine point, a fine edge. Compare BEAUTIFUL; MINUTE.

    beautiful, clarified, clear, comminuted, dainty, elegant, excellent, exquisite, fine, gauzy, handsome, keen, minute, nice, polished, pure, refined, sensitive, sharp, slender, slight, small, smooth, splendid, subtile, subtle, tenuous, thin

    big, blunt, clumsy, coarse, great, heavy, huge, immense, large, rude, stout, thick

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. delicate(a.)

    pleasant, pleasing, delicious, agreeable, savory, palatable

  2. delicate(a.)

    fine, nice, elegant, exquisite

  3. delicate(a.)

    tender, slender, weak

  4. delicate(a.)

    discriminating, careful, scrupulous, fastidious, dainty, of nice perception

  5. delicate(a.)

    refined, pure

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

sensitive, fragile, subtle, tricky, thorny, difficult, awkward, precarious, minute, vulnerable

Translations for delicate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • delicatCatalan, Valencian
  • jemný, choulostivý, rozklepanýCzech
  • zart, hochempfindlich, empfindlich, filigran, anmutig, grazil, wählerisch, delikat, schwächlich, köstlich, anfällig, angeschlagen, erlesen, sanft, leicht, zierlich, feingliedrig, empfindsam, feinfühlig, anspruchsvoll, ausgesuchtGerman
  • delikatsenta, delikataEsperanto
  • delicadoSpanish
  • délicatFrench
  • leiceIrish
  • delikatNorwegian
  • delikatnyPolish
  • delicadoPortuguese
  • delicatRomanian
  • изящный, изысканный, хрупкий, болезненный, деликатный, разбитыйRussian
  • సున్నితమైనTelugu

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