soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
"a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him"
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"
quiet and soothing
"a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne"
aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, gentle, patrician(adj)
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"
easily handled or managed
"a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"
easy, gentle, soft(adj)
having little impact
"an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"
marked by moderate steepness
"an easy climb"; "a gentle slope"
pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntle(verb)
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
"She managed to mollify the angry customer"
ennoble, gentle, entitle(verb)
give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
A person of high birth.
A maggot used as bait by anglers
to become gentle
to break; to tame; to domesticate
To soothe; to calm.
Tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition
Stuart is a gentle man, he would never hurt you.
Soft and mild rather than hard or severe
I felt something touch my shoulder, it was gentle and a little slimy.
Docile and easily managed
We had a gentle swim in the lake.
Gradual rather than steep or sudden
The walks in this area have a gentle incline.
Polite and respectful rather than rude
He gave me a gentle reminder that we had to hurry up.
Origin: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens
well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble
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
a compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader
not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse
soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop
one well born; a gentleman
a trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil
a dipterous larva used as fish bait
to make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble
to make smooth, cozy, or agreeable
to make kind and docile, as a horse
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
jen′tl, adj. well-born: mild and refined in manners: mild in disposition: amiable: soothing: moderate: gradual.—v.t. (Shak.) to make gentle.—n. (obs.) a person of good family: (Shak.) a trained falcon: the larva of the flesh-fly, used as a bait in angling.—n. Gentilesse′, the quality of being gentle, courtesy.—v.t. Gen′tilise, to raise to the class of gentleman.—n. Gentil′ity, good birth or extraction: good breeding: politeness of manners: genteel people: marks of gentility.—n.pl. Gen′tlefolk, people of good family.—adj. Gen′tle-heart′ed, having a gentle or kind disposition.—n. Gen′tlehood, position or character attaching to gentle birth.—n. Gen′tleness.—adv. Gent′ly.—n. Gen′trice, gentle birth, courtesy.—Gentle reader, courteous reader, an old-fashioned phrase common in the prefaces of books.—The gentle craft, a phrase used to specify shoe-making, also angling; The gentle (or gentler) sex, women in general as opposed to the stern or sterner sex. [Fr.,—L. gentilis. See Genteel.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A maggot or grub used as a bait by anglers.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Gentle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3334
Rank popularity for the word 'Gentle' in Adjectives Frequency: #462
The numerical value of Gentle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Gentle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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- gemächlich, einfühlsam, sachte, liebenswürdig, freundlich, sanftmütigGerman
- medido, tranquilo, suave, amable, tierno, gradualSpanish
- leuto, herttainen, hellävarainen, vähittäinenFinnish
- lemah lembutIndonesian
- kāwatawata, māhūMāori
- delikatny, łagodnyPolish
- hoşgörülü, yavaş yavaş, şefkatli, tedricî, nazik, anlayışlı, yumuşak başlıTurkish
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