English dictionary

Hint: With the Firefox addon you can search this dictionary from the browsers search field.

English adjective: gentle

1. gentle soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

SamplesA gentle reprimand.
A vein of gentle irony.
Poked gentle fun at him.




2. gentle having or showing a kindly or tender nature

SamplesThe gentle touch of her hand.
Her gentle manner was comforting.
A gentle sensitive nature.
Gentle blue eyes.



3. gentle quiet and soothing

SamplesA gentle voice.
A gentle nocturne.



4. gentle belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

SamplesAn 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.

Synonymsaristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, patrician



5. gentle easily handled or managed

SamplesA gentle old horse, docile and obedient.


Similartame, tamed

Antonymsuntamed, wild

6. gentle having little impact

SamplesAn easy pat on the shoulder.
Gentle rain.
A gentle breeze.
A soft (or light) tapping at the window.

Synonymseasy, soft



7. gentle marked by moderate steepness

SamplesAn easy climb.
A gentle slope.




English verb: gentle

1. gentle (emotion) cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

SamplesShe managed to mollify the angry customer.

Synonymsappease, assuage, conciliate, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

2. gentle (social) give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility

Synonymsennoble, entitle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade

Narrower (hyponym)baronetise, baronetize, dub, knight, lord

3. gentle (contact) stroke soothingly

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)pet

Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2018 onlineordbog.dk