sub·​dued səb-ˈdüd How to pronounce subdued (audio)
: lacking in vitality, intensity, or strength
subdued colors
səb-ˈdü(-ə)d-lē How to pronounce subdued (audio)

Examples of subdued in a Sentence

She spoke in a subdued voice. The color in the lobby is subdued.
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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subdued was in 1785

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“Subdued.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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: lacking in liveliness, intensity, or strength
subdued colors

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