What does gentle mean?

Definitions for gentle
ˈdʒɛn tlgen·tle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gentle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gentle, soft(adj)

    soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

    "a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him"

  2. gentle(adj)

    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"

  3. gentle(adj)

    quiet and soothing

    "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne"

  4. 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"

  5. docile, gentle(adj)

    easily handled or managed

    "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"

  6. 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"

  7. easy, gentle(verb)

    marked by moderate steepness

    "an easy climb"; "a gentle slope"

  8. 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"

  9. ennoble, gentle, entitle(verb)

    give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility

  10. gentle(verb)

    stroke soothingly

Wiktionary

  1. gentle(Noun)

    A person of high birth.

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  2. gentle(Noun)

    A maggot used as bait by anglers

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  3. gentle(Verb)

    to become gentle

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  4. gentle(Verb)

    to ennoble

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  5. gentle(Verb)

    to break; to tame; to domesticate

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  6. gentle(Verb)

    To soothe; to calm.

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  7. gentle(Adjective)

    Tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition

    Stuart is a gentle man, he would never hurt you.

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  8. gentle(Adjective)

    Soft and mild rather than hard or severe

    I felt something touch my shoulder, it was gentle and a little slimy.

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  9. gentle(Adjective)

    Docile and easily managed

    We had a gentle swim in the lake.

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  10. gentle(Adjective)

    Gradual rather than steep or sudden

    The walks in this area have a gentle incline.

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

  11. gentle(Adjective)

    Polite and respectful rather than rude

    He gave me a gentle reminder that we had to hurry up.

    Etymology: From gentil, from gentil, from gentilis, from gens

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gentle

    well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble

  2. Gentle

    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

  3. Gentle

    a compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader

  4. Gentle

    not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse

  5. Gentle

    soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop

  6. Gentle(noun)

    one well born; a gentleman

  7. Gentle(noun)

    a trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil

  8. Gentle(noun)

    a dipterous larva used as fish bait

  9. Gentle(verb)

    to make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble

  10. Gentle(verb)

    to make smooth, cozy, or agreeable

  11. Gentle(verb)

    to make kind and docile, as a horse

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gentle

    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

  1. gentle

    A maggot or grub used as a bait by anglers.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gentle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3334

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gentle' in Adjectives Frequency: #462

How to pronounce gentle?

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How to say gentle in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gentle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gentle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of gentle in a Sentence

  1. Eva Longoria:

    When I began the TV show, I was very new to the business and industry as a whole, felicity was the first one to take me under Actress Felicity Huffman wing. From the first table read of the script, Actress Felicity Huffman noticed me sitting alone, scared and unsure of where to go and what to do. Actress Felicity Huffman gentle character and kind heart immediately opened up to me.

  2. Mo Udall:

    Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them.

  3. Bryant McGill:

    We must be kind and gentle gardeners with people and nature.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    The quality of mercy is not strained It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.

  5. White House:

    You're just reading into it like you usually do. You have to read the entire interview, he was talking about how peaceful and gentle many people are who are otherwise tough.

Images & Illustrations of gentle

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