needing to be dealt with carefully or sensitively in order to avoid problems or failure:
There's something I have to speak to you about - it's a delicate matter.
easily damaged or broken [= fragile]:
delicate hand-cut glass
The sun can easily damage a child's delicate skin.
someone who is delicate is hurt easily or easily becomes ill:
a delicate child
a part of the body that is delicate is attractive and graceful:
Her wrists and ankles were slim and delicate.
made skilfully and with attention to the smallest details:
a plate with a delicate pattern of leaves
a taste, smell, or colour that is delicate is pleasant and not strong:
The wine has a dry delicate flavour.
a delicate pink
—delicately adverb➔ indelicateWORD FOCUS: difficult
difficult to do: hard, tough, challenging, daunting
difficult and needing a lot of physical effort: tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishing
difficult to deal with or talk about: tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchy
words for describing a difficult person: awkward, trying
words for describing difficult conditions: adverse, hostile
➔ See also difficultWORD FOCUS: weak
person: puny, feeble, weedy British English, frail, fragile, powerless, vulnerable
thing: fragile, delicate, flimsy, rickety, badly made, jerry-built
➔ See also weak