Synonyms for Delicate:

adj.

all (adjective)
soft.
brittle (adjective)
breakable, fracturable, frail, fragile, crisp, frangible, brittle.
careful, tactful (adjective)
accurate, skilled, politic, minute, discreet, precise, diplomatic.
difficult, sticky (situation) (adjective)
tricky, precarious, ticklish.
effeminate (adjective)
effeminate, womanish, soft, girlish, gentle, unmanly, feminine.
elfin (adjective)
tiny.
fussy, discriminating (adjective)
fastidious, prudish, persnickety, refined, dainty, particular, scrupulous, sensitive, finicky, squeamish, critical, careful.
impressionable (adjective)
sensitive.
light (adjective)
gossamer, light, airy, weightless, feathery, buoyant.
little (adjective)
low, narrow, brief, succinct, few, concise.
short (adjective)
short.
sickly (adjective)
decrepit, feeble, susceptible, infirm.
subtle (adjective)
indirect, subtle, elusive, Insinuated, implied, implicit.
tasteful (adjective)
choice, tasteful, charming, artistic, elegant, refined, discriminating, cultivated, aesthetic, graceful, classic.
weak (adjective)
infirm.

adv

sickly (adverb)
susceptible, feeble, sick.

n.

punishing, taxing, arduous, be an effort, complicated, challenging. palatable, flavorful, appetizing, tasty, unstable, juicy, dangerous, precarious, succulent, delicious, full, tangy, edible. malnourished, sickly, unsteady, tactful. crumbly, friable, delicately balanced, vulnerable. lean, wiry, trim, tricky, touch-and-go, willowy, sinewy.

Other synonyms:

dangerous, Emblazoned, weakly, embossed, decorative, bejeweled, intolerable, bedecked, delicious. impossible, unsound, discreet, decrepit, tactful, touch-and-go, vulnerable, politic, beaded, testing, intractable. unsubstantial, sickly, feeble, chintzy, delicately. busy, faint, tricky, insubstantial. ill
sick.
tactful
diplomatic.
tender
tender.
well-proportioned
trim.

Usage examples for delicate

  1. It's going to be a delicate matter. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  2. " It is a fine, delicate piece of work," he said. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  3. A pretty, delicate tea- rose thing, she stood at an age of divided appreciations. – The Readjustment by Will Irwin