un·​sub·​tle | \ ˌən-ˈsə-tᵊl How to pronounce unsubtle (audio) \
unsubtler; unsubtlest

Definition of unsubtle

: not indirect or difficult to perceive : not subtle an unsubtle hint/reminder Historical records suggest that subtle variations in the sun's energy output can have decidedly unsubtle effects on the earth's climate …— M. Mitchell Waldrop

Other Words from unsubtle

unsubtly \ ˌən-​ˈsət-​lē , -​ˈsə-​tᵊl-​(l)ē How to pronounce unsubtle (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unsubtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s a blunt, unsubtle but also thrilling scene whose momentum is oddly stopped cold by a cut to Presley — now portrayed by Austin Butler — performing at the Louisiana Hayride in 1954. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 In late April, Republican Senate candidate and former Missouri governor Eric Greitens posted on Twitter a rather unsubtle video that captured him visiting a shooting range with Donald Trump Jr. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 But marketing strategies have grown increasingly unsubtle. The Week Staff, The Week, 12 June 2022 However unsubtle the material, Neeson offers unforced glimmers of a soul lost to brutality as Alex wavers between a thickening mental fog and perfect lucidity when the plot demands it. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 Unfortunately, though, the unsubtle amplification of Gunn’s baritone exaggerates nuance to the point of no longer being nuance. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Despite its unsubtle title, this is a formally exquisite art film, packed full of gorgeously nightmarish images, as poetic as they are deranged. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Branagh tosses in an unsubtle metaphor for the foul deeds to come by showing a crocodile leaping from the waters to snap its jaws shut on a bird on the banks of the Nile. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2022 The unsubtle goal is to elevate only those who have spent their career in government, academia, or promoting left-wing causes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unsubtle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsubtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsubtle. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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