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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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (informal) in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "procedures are lax and discipline is weak"; "too soft on the children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. used of beverages; not containing alcohol; "nonalcoholic beverages"; "soft drinks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. metaphorically soft; "my father is a soft touch"; "soft light"; "a soft rain"; "a soft Southern drawl"; "soft brown eyes"; "a soft glance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh') Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. of sound; relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; "what a cushy job!"; "a soft job" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Not rough, rugged, or harsh to the touch; smooth; delicate; fine; as, soft silk; a soft skin. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. Not harsh or rough in sound; gentle and pleasing to the ear; flowing; as, soft whispers of music. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. Easily yielding; susceptible to influence; flexible; gentle; kind. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. Expressing gentleness, tenderness, or the like; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind; as, soft eyes. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. Effeminate; not courageous or manly, weak. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. Gentle in action or motion; easy. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. Weak in character; impressible. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. Somewhat weak in intellect. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. Quiet; undisturbed; paceful; as, soft slumbers. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap; as, soft water is the best for washing. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. A soft or foolish person; an idiot. Newage Dictionary DB
  31. Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly. Newage Dictionary DB
  32. Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. Softly; quietly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. Gently! Stop!. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  36. Softly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. Softness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. Not hard, not resistant, yielding. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  39. Plastic; not hard. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. Gently: quietly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. Easily yielding; soothing; not harsh; not loud; gentle; mild; weak. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  43. Yielding easily to pressure; pliable; mild; gentle; tender; weak; effeminate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. In a soft, easy, or gentle manner. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. Proceed softly; be quiet or slow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. Not hard; easily worked; smooth to the touch; delicate; yielding easily; weak; tender; courteous; gentle; placid; effeminate; smooth and gently flowing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  47. Softly; gently; quietly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. Be soft; hold; stop. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  50. For be soft, int. hold; not so fast. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  51. 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. dictgcide_fs
  52. 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. dictgcide_fs
  53. soft, adj. 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: sympathetic: gentle: effeminate: gentle in motion: easy: free from lime or salt, as water: bituminous, as opposed to anthracitic, of coal: unsized, of paper: wet, rainy: warm enough to melt ice, thawing: (phon.) pronounced with a somewhat sibilant sound, not guttural or explosive: vocal or sonant: not bony, cartilaginous, not spinous: soft-rayed, soft-shelled: of silk, having the natural gum cleaned or washed off--opp. to Hard.--n. a silly person, a fool.--adv. gently: quietly.--interj. hold! not so fast!--adjs. SOFT'-BOD'IED, having a soft body; SOFT'-CON'SCIENCED, having a sensitive conscience.--v.t. SOFT'EN, to make soft or softer: to mitigate: to tone down, make less glaring, make smoother in sound.--v.i. to grow soft or softer.--ns. SOFT'ENER; SOFT'ENING.--adjs. SOFT'-EYED, having gentle or tender eyes; SOFT'-FINNED, having no fin-spines.--n.pl. SOFT'-GOODS, cloth, and cloth articles, as opposed to hardware, &c.--adjs. SOFT'-HAND'ED, having soft hands, unused to work, slack in discipline; SOFT'-HEAD'ED, of weak intellect; SOFT'-HEART'ED, kind-hearted: gentle: meek.--n. SOFT-HEART'EDNESS.--adj. SOFT'ISH, rather soft.--adv. SOFT'LY.--n. SOFT'NESS.--v.t. SOFT'-SAW'DER (U.S.), to flatter, blarney.--n. flattery.--v.t. SOFT'-SOAP, to flatter for some end.--n. flattery.--adj. SOFT-SP[=O]'KEN, -VOICED, having a mild or gentle voice: mild, affable.--n. SOFT'Y, a silly person, a weak fool.--A soft thing, a snug place where the pay is good and the work light. [A.S. sófte, séfte; Dut. zacht, Ger. sanft.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  54. Not hard; of water, readily forming a lather. na
  55. Comparatively wanting in hardness, yielding to pressure, malleable, plastic, easily cut, (s. as butter; s. stone, iron; s. coal, bituminous, opp. anthracite; s. corn, moist thickening of skin between toes confused with CORN; s. tissues of body, not bony or cartilaginous; s. palate, hinder part of palate; s. wicket at cricket, moist or sodden turf; s. goods, textiles; s. money, notes& bills; s. solder, kinds used for easily fusible metal, cf. s. SAWDER; s. SOAP; s. tack naut., bread, opp. hard tack or biscuit; s. roe, of male fish); of smooth surface or fine texture, not rough or coarse, (s. skin, hair, raiment); mellow, mild, balmy, not noticeably cold or hot, (s. air; a s. winter); rainy or moist or thawing (s. weather; a s. day); (of water) free from mineral salts& so good for washing or cooking; not astringent or sour or bitter (s. claret &c.); not crude or brilliant or dazzling (s. colours, light, eyes); not sharply defined (s. outline); not strident or loud, low-toned, (a s. voice; s. music; s. PEDAL; s. whispers, murmurs); (Phonet.) sibilant (g is s. in gin), voiced (b,g,d, are s. mutes), unaspirated (s. or smooth BREATHING); gentle, quiet, conciliatory, complimentary or amorous, (s. rain; s. manners; a s. answer, esp. a good-tempered one to abuse or accusation; s.-spoken, see SPEAK; s. nothings, amorous talk); sympathetic, compassionate, (has a s. heart, whence softhearted a., soft-heartedness n.); tranquil (s. slumbers); (slang) easy (has a s. job; s. thing, light well-paid office &c.); flabby, weak, feeble, unstrung, effeminate, silly, (the national character has gone s.; a s. luxurious people; s. muscles; s.-headed, s.-witted, half idiotic); hence softish a., softly adv., softness n. (N.) silly weak person, also softy n. (Adv., commoner in compar. than in posit.) softly (play s., softer; s.-whispering &c.). (Int., archaic) wait a moment; hush! [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  56. interj. Hold; stop; not so fast. Cabinet Dictionary

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