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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. easily hurt; " soft hands"; " a baby's delicate skin"
  3. ( informal) in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; " just wanted to take it easy" (` soft' is nonstandard)
  4. having little impact; " an easy pat on the shoulder"; " gentle rain"; " a gentle breeze"; " a soft ( or light) tapping at the window"
  5. tolerant or lenient; " indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; " procedures are lax and discipline is weak"; " too soft on the children"
  6. used of beverages; not containing alcohol; " nonalcoholic beverages"; " soft drinks"
  7. used chiefly as a direction or description in music; " the piano passages in the composition"
  8. lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively
  9. metaphorically soft; " my father is a soft touch"; " soft light"; " a soft rain"; " a soft Southern drawl"; " soft brown eyes"; " a soft glance"
  10. of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound ( as ` s' and ` sh')
  11. of sound; relatively low in volume; " soft voices"; " soft music"
  12. not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; " what a cushy job!"; " a soft job"
  13. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; " just wanted to take it easy" (` soft' is nonstandard)
  14. 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.
  15. Not rough, rugged, or harsh to the touch; smooth; delicate; fine; as, soft silk; a soft skin.
  16. Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines.
  17. 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.
  18. Not harsh or rough in sound; gentle and pleasing to the ear; flowing; as, soft whispers of music.
  19. Easily yielding; susceptible to influence; flexible; gentle; kind.
  20. Expressing gentleness, tenderness, or the like; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind; as, soft eyes.
  21. Effeminate; not courageous or manly, weak.
  22. Gentle in action or motion; easy.
  23. Weak in character; impressible.
  24. Somewhat weak in intellect.
  25. Quiet; undisturbed; paceful; as, soft slumbers.
  26. Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines.
  27. Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap; as, soft water is the best for washing.
  28. Applied to a palatal, a sibilant, or a dental consonant ( as g in gem, c in cent, etc.) as distinguished from a guttural mute ( as g in go, c in cone, etc.); -- opposed to hard.
  29. 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.
  30. A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
  31. Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
  32. Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
  33. 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.
  34. Softly; quietly.
  35. Gently! Stop!.
  36. Softly.
  37. Softness.
  38. Not hard, not resistant, yielding.
  39. Plastic; not hard.
  40. 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.
  41. Gently: quietly.
  42. Easily yielding; soothing; not harsh; not loud; gentle; mild; weak.
  43. Yielding easily to pressure; pliable; mild; gentle; tender; weak; effeminate.
  44. In a soft, easy, or gentle manner.
  45. Proceed softly; be quiet or slow.
  46. Not hard; easily worked; smooth to the touch; delicate; yielding easily; weak; tender; courteous; gentle; placid; effeminate; smooth and gently flowing.
  47. Softly; gently; quietly.
  48. Be soft; hold; stop.
  49. 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.
  50. For be soft, int. hold; not so fast.
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Usage examples for soft

  1. Her heart was soft toward the life she had kept in the world. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  2. 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
  3. It was a very white, soft sweet little hand. – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  4. Arms that felt soft – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  5. " It isn't soft she replied. – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  6. 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
  7. Why did I go soft myself? – The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet by George Bernard Shaw
  8. Because the heart is soft is no reason why the head should be soft – Around The Tea-Table by T. De Witt Talmage
  9. The artist smiled through the soft dark. – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  10. The fire sent out a soft protecting glow, touching her face with hope. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Well, you are a soft one." – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  14. They were kind of soft widowy, oh- me- poor- child eyes. – Shorty McCabe by Sewell Ford
  15. With her hair, thick and soft she could do nothing. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  16. 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
  17. You talk soft with me, Trevors! – Judith of Blue Lake Ranch by Jackson Gregory
  18. No- the word came with soft decision- no. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. Those soft words do not bear being written down. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. They're like pink shells, only soft – The Green Satin Gown by Laura E. Richards
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