Definitions of delicate

  1. A choice dainty; a delicacy.
  2. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
  3. Delicateness.
  4. Delicately.
  5. difficult to handle; requiring great tact; " delicate negotiations with the big powers"; " hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"
  6. developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; " the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"
  7. of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; " almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
  8. marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; " a surgeon's delicate touch"
  9. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
  10. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.
  11. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
  12. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
  13. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.
  14. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, a delicate creature.
  15. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; - said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
  16. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; - said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
  17. Soft and fair; - said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
  18. Light, or softly tinted; - said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
  19. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; - said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
  20. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; - said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.
  21. Pleasing to the taste; as, a delicate flavor; tender; refined; as, delicate attentions; physically frail; sensitive.
  22. Pleasing to the senses, esp. the taste: dainty: nicely discriminating or perceptive: of a fine, slight texture or constitution: tender, frail: requiring nice handling: refined in manners, gentle, polite, considerate.
  23. Pleasing to the senses; dainty; refined; finely wrought; frail; requiring nice handling.
  24. Fine and light; daintily pleasing; finely wrought; tender; frail; fragile.
  25. Refined; pure; chaste; dainty; sensitive.
  26. Pleasing to a nicely discriminating sense; dainty; requiring fineness of sense to distinguish; nice; fine; soft; slender; of a fine texture; nice in perception; implying nice sensibility, or refined; highly susceptible of injury; tender; to be handled with caution.
  27. Soft; smooth; of a fine texture; nice or pleasing to the taste; nice and discriminating in the perception of beauty or deformity; fine; slender; that must be tended or handled with care; effeminate; not able to endure hardship; feeble; scrupulously polite and considerate in attending to the wishes and feelings of others.