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Definitions of soft

  1. ( informal) not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; " what a cushy job!"; " a soft job"
  2. ( informal) in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; " just wanted to take it easy" (` soft' is nonstandard)
  3. used of beverages; not containing alcohol; " nonalcoholic beverages"; " soft drinks"
  4. used chiefly as a direction or description in music; " the piano passages in the composition"
  5. lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively
  6. metaphorically soft; " my father is a soft touch"; " soft light"; " a soft rain"; " a soft Southern drawl"; " soft brown eyes"; " a soft glance"
  7. of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound ( as ` s' and ` sh')
  8. of sound; relatively low in volume; " soft voices"; " soft music"
  9. not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; " what a cushy job!"; " a soft job"
  10. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; " just wanted to take it easy" (` soft' is nonstandard)
  11. Easily yielding to pressure; easily impressed, molded, or cut; not firm in resisting; impressible; yielding; also, malleable; -- opposed to hard; as, a soft bed; a soft peach; soft earth; soft wood or metal.
  12. Not rough, rugged, or harsh to the touch; smooth; delicate; fine; as, soft silk; a soft skin.
  13. Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines.
  14. Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring; pleasing to the eye; not exciting by intensity of color or violent contrast; as, soft hues or tints.
  15. Not harsh or rough in sound; gentle and pleasing to the ear; flowing; as, soft whispers of music.
  16. Easily yielding; susceptible to influence; flexible; gentle; kind.
  17. Expressing gentleness, tenderness, or the like; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind; as, soft eyes.
  18. Effeminate; not courageous or manly, weak.
  19. Gentle in action or motion; easy.
  20. Weak in character; impressible.
  21. Somewhat weak in intellect.
  22. Quiet; undisturbed; paceful; as, soft slumbers.
  23. Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines.
  24. Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap; as, soft water is the best for washing.
  25. Belonging to the class of sonant elements as distinguished from the surd, and considered as involving less force in utterance; as, b, d, g, z, v, etc., in contrast with p, t, k, s, f, etc.
  26. A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
  27. Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
  28. Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
  29. Not hard; easily yielding to pressure; easily molded or shaped; as, soft wax; smooth to the touch; as, the soft fur of a cat; not glaring; as, a soft light; not loud; as, soft music; courteous; as, soft manners; mild or gentle; as, a soft answer; kind; as, soft treatment; having feelings easily moved; as, a soft heart; of the weather, moist or mild; colloquially, weak or foolish; colloquially, containing no alcohol; as, soft drinks.
  30. Softly; quietly.
  31. Gently! Stop!.
  32. Softly.
  33. Softness.
  34. Easily yielding to pressure: easily cut or acted upon: malleable: not rough to the touch: smooth: pleasing or soothing to the senses: easily yielding to any influence: mild: gentle: effeminate: gentle in motion: easy: free from lime or salt, as water.
  35. Gently: quietly.
  36. Easily yielding; soothing; not harsh; not loud; gentle; mild; weak.
  37. Yielding easily to pressure; pliable; mild; gentle; tender; weak; effeminate.
  38. In a soft, easy, or gentle manner.
  39. Proceed softly; be quiet or slow.
  40. Not hard; easily worked; smooth to the touch; delicate; yielding easily; weak; tender; courteous; gentle; placid; effeminate; smooth and gently flowing.
  41. Softly; gently; quietly.
  42. Be soft; hold; stop.
  43. Not hard; easily yielding to pressure; not rough; not violent; smooth to the touch; flowing; easily yielding to persuasion or any influence; impresible; gentle; mild; delicate; weak; simple; not unfeeling; not strong or glaring; pleasing to any sense.
  44. For be soft, int. hold; not so fast.
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Usage examples for soft

  1. The artist smiled through the soft dark. – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  2. Thus engaged, he quickly hears Soft steps coming to the door! – The Emigrant Mechanic and Other Tales In Verse Together With Numerous Songs Upon Canadian Subjects by Thomas Cowherd
  3. No- the word came with soft decision- no. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. 1328 at A, while for use on soft metal, as brass, the top face must be ground off, as shown in Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  5. Arms that felt soft. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  6. The fire sent out a soft, protecting glow, touching her face with hope. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  7. You talk soft with me, Trevors! – Judith of Blue Lake Ranch by Jackson Gregory
  8. It was a very white, soft, sweet little hand. – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  9. During the night a heavy fall of soft snow had come, and all the trees and the prairie were covered with it. – Thirty Indian Legends by Margaret Bemister
  10. They were kind of soft, widowy, oh- me- poor- child eyes. – Shorty McCabe by Sewell Ford
  11. They're like pink shells, only soft. – The Green Satin Gown by Laura E. Richards
  12. Why did I go soft myself? – The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet by George Bernard Shaw
  13. " It isn't soft," she replied. – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  14. Those soft words do not bear being written down. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  15. With her hair, thick and soft, she could do nothing. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  16. Her heart was soft toward the life she had kept in the world. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  17. There was a soft sigh over by the window, then Mother Marshall: Yes, Father, but we mustn't think about it, or the next thing we know we'll let her see it. – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  18. Well, you are a soft one." – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  19. Those were Alwyn's very words, returned Greta, with a soft flush which made her look years younger; but, indeed, I love him already for Alwyn's sake, and because he is so good to him. – Doctor Luttrell's First Patient by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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