Today’s Word: restrained

March 18, 2017 =========

☆  restrained  地味な


You can describe things or people as restrained.

When you talk about a person who is restrained, you mean that they are calm and unemotional. For example, “I don’t know why, but her greeting was a little restrained. She is usually much more friendly.”

When you talk about clothes or decorations in a house being restrained, you mean that you like them because they are simple and not too-bright. I’m not sure about in Japanese, but this is kind of a positive word, for example, “Her black suit was restrained and expensive.” In this case, the word is similar to tasteful and unpretentious. If you said it was “too restrained” this would turn the nuance into a negative, meaning it was too simple or too conservative.