AskDefine | Define gentle

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gentle adj
1 soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; "a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him"
2 having or showing a kindly or tender nature; "the gentle touch of her hand"; "her gentle manner was comforting"; "a gentle sensitive nature"; "gentle blue eyes"
3 quiet and soothing; "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne"
4 belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes" [syn: aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, patrician]
5 easily handled or managed; "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient" [syn: docile]
6 having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window" [syn: easy, soft]
7 marked by moderate steepness; "an easy climb"; "a gentle slope" [syn: easy]


1 cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer" [syn: pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gruntle]
2 give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility [syn: ennoble, entitle]
3 stroke soothingly

User Contributed Dictionary



gentilis, from gens; see also gentile.



  1. Tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition
  2. Soft and mild rather than hard or severe
  3. Docile and easily managed
  4. Gradual rather than steep or sudden
  5. Polite and respectful rather than rude


Tender and amiable
Soft and mild rather than hard or severe
Docile and easily managed
Gradual rather than steep or sudden
Polite and respectful rather than rude

Extensive Definition

Gentle may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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