微妙

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Chinese[edit]

 
tiny; minute; clandestine; hide; elegant; exquisite
clever; wonderful
simp. and trad.
(微妙)

Pronunciation[edit]


Adjective[edit]

微妙

  1. subtle and delicate; tricksy; intricate

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
みょう
Grade: S
on'yomi

Adjectival noun[edit]

微妙 (-na inflection, hiragana びみょう, romaji bimyō)

  1. subtle
  2. delicate
  3. (euphemistic) lackluster

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

微妙 (hiragana びみょう, romaji bimyō)

  1. subtlety

Usage notes[edit]

Generally this has negative connotations. It is used euphemistically to mean "not bad but not very good either".