subtle etymology

English word subtle comes from Latin tela (Loom. Warp (threads that run lengthwise in a loom). Web.), Latin sub- (Sub-.), Latin sub

Detailed word origin of subtle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
tela Latin (lat) Loom. Warp (threads that run lengthwise in a loom). Web.
sub- Latin (lat) Sub-.
sub Latin (lat) (with ablative) about, around (time). (with ablative) at the feet of. (with ablative) behind. (with ablative) under, beneath. (with ablative) within, during. (with accusative) under, up to, up under, close to (of a motion). (with accusative) until, before, up to, about.
subtilis Latin (lat) (New Latin) Used as a species epithet.. (of speech) plain, unadorned, simple. Fine, thin, slender. Precise, accurate, keen.
subtil French (fra) Subtle.
subtil Old French (fro)
subtil Middle English (enm)
subtle English (eng) (of a person or animal) Cunning, skillful.. (of a thing) Cleverly contrived.. Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.. Insidious.. Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.

Words with the same origin as subtle

Descendants of tela
toilet toot
Descendants of sub-
assume presumably presume resume resurrection source souvenir subject substance substantial succeed suffer suffering sufficient suggest suggestion summon supply suppose surge suspect suspension suspicion sustain
Descendants of sub
success successful succession sudden suffice suffocate summons support suppress surrogate