What does gentle mean?

Definitions for gentle
ˈdʒɛn tlgen·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gentle, softadjective

    soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

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

  2. gentleadjective

    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. gentleadjective

    quiet and soothing

    "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne"

  4. aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, gentle, patricianadjective

    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, gentleadjective

    easily handled or managed

    "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"

  6. easy, gentle, softadjective

    having little impact

    "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"

  7. easy, gentleverb

    marked by moderate steepness

    "an easy climb"; "a gentle slope"

  8. pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntleverb

    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

    "She managed to mollify the angry customer"

  9. ennoble, gentle, entitleverb

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

  10. gentleverb

    stroke soothingly


  1. gentlenoun

    A person of high birth.

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

  2. gentlenoun

    A maggot used as bait by anglers

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

  3. gentleverb

    to become gentle

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

  4. gentleverb

    to ennoble

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

  5. gentleverb

    to break; to tame; to domesticate

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

  6. gentleverb

    To soothe; to calm.

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

  7. gentleadjective

    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. gentleadjective

    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. gentleadjective

    Docile and easily managed

    We had a gentle swim in the lake.

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

  10. gentleadjective

    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. gentleadjective

    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. Gentlenoun

    one well born; a gentleman

  7. Gentlenoun

    a trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil

  8. Gentlenoun

    a dipterous larva used as fish bait

  9. Gentleverb

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

  10. Gentleverb

    to make smooth, cozy, or agreeable

  11. Gentleverb

    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.

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

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

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  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. Lydia Child:

    Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!

  2. Will Durant:

    Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.

  3. Justin Theroux:

    The good news is that was probably the most — I ’m choosing my words really carefully — it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity, in a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.

  4. Renny Harlin:

    Fred was a sweet, funny and fiercely intelligent guy with a gentle heart. A bear of a man who was warm and considerate towards all those around him.

  5. Courteney Ross:

    Waking upthis morning to see Minneapolis on fire would be something that would devastate Floyd, he loved the city. He came here [from Houston] and stayed here for the people and the opportunities. Floyd was a gentle giant. He was about love and about peace.

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    money demanded for the return of a captured person
    • A. humility
    • B. equity
    • C. cycling
    • D. ransom

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