Definitions of gentle

  1. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; " She managed to mollify her angry boss"
  2. 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"
  3. easily handled or managed; " a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"
  4. marked by moderate steepness; " an easy climb"; " a gentle slope"
  5. having little impact; " an easy pat on the shoulder"; " gentle rain"; " a gentle breeze"; " a soft ( or light) tapping at the window"
  6. 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"
  7. quiet and soothing; " a gentle voice"; " a gentle nocturne"
  8. soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; " a gentle reprimand"; " a vein of gentle irony"; " poked gentle fun at him"
  9. stroke soothingly
  10. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; " She managed to mollify the angry customer"
  11. Well- born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
  12. Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender; as, a gentle nature, temper, or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice.
  13. A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader.
  14. Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.
  15. One well born; a gentleman.
  16. A trained falcon. See Falcon- gentil.
  17. A dipterous larva used as fish bait.
  18. To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.
  19. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.
  20. To make kind and docile, as a horse.
  21. Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop .
  22. Mild and refined in manner and disposition; kindly; moderate in action; peaceful; docile; easy; well- born or descended.
  23. Gently.
  24. Well- born: mild and refined in manners: mild in disposition: amiable: soothing.
  26. The maggot of the blue- bottle used as bait in angling.
  27. Of good lineage; refined; amiable; kind.
  28. Mild; kindly; soft or low; peaceful; docile; easy.
  29. Of honorable family; noble.
  30. Of good birth; not rough, harsh, or severe, but placid, bland, and mild in manners; not wild or refractory.
  31. A larva of the flesh- fly.
  32. Well born; mild; amiable; meek; soothing; pacific; not rough or violent.

Usage examples for gentle

  1. And you'll have to be very gentle and very careful with both of them." – Anything You Can Do by Gordon Randall Garrett
  2. But by this time Annie, gentle as she was, had got a little angry. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  3. She was too soft and gentle for that. – The Dark Flower by John Galsworthy
  4. Wise, and gentle, and good, and clever- all this and more. – The Adventures of Akbar by Flora Annie Steel
  5. O Caroline, it is well you are gentle! – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  6. Gentle Aunt Lois had no thought of being angry. – Princess Polly's Playmates by Amy Brooks
  7. Her father and her mother who had been so gentle to her! – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  8. I'm a poor man, gentle lady- won't you tell me for love? – The Literary Sense by E. Nesbit
  9. He broke out in a gentle laugh. – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  10. It was the same sweet, gentle voice that called to them to come in. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  11. " You- you surely are not going to- morrow, Lucian," and the gentle voice trembled. – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  12. A lady appeared behind her, tall, good- looking still and wearing a sad and gentle air. – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  13. Maman said in her gentle, even voice: " For myself and my children, I swear to do all that you tell us." – The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  14. One night this gentle lady was taken very ill, and everyone was afraid that she was going to die. – The Scottish Fairy Book by Elizabeth W. Grierson
  15. His gentle thrust had hurt her. – The Mind Master by Arthur J. Burks
  16. She put out one hand, drew him to her, and gave him a gentle kiss with lips which felt very calm. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  17. Now sit up straight while I break the news to you gentle. – Torchy by Sewell Ford
  18. Steve's gentle smile never left his lips. – Then I'll Come Back to You by Larry Evans
  19. She's very different in these days, Jim, so gentle and good and brave- I never saw such a change! – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  20. This pure, this gentle creature cannot lie! – The Maid of Orleans A Tragedy by Frederich Schiller