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Princeton's WordNet

  1. softly, quietlyadverb

    with low volume

    "speak softly but carry a big stick"; "she spoke quietly to the child"; "the radio was playing softly"

  2. softlyadverb

    in a manner that is pleasing to the senses

    "she smiled softly"

  3. lightly, softly, gentlyadverb

    with little weight or force

    "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"

  4. piano, softlyadverb

    used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly


  1. softlyadverb

    In a soft manner; gently.

  2. softlyadverb

    Not loudly; nearly inaudible.

  3. Etymology: From softely, softeliche, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Softlyadverb

    Etymology: from soft.

    Solid bodies, if very softly percussed, give no sound; as when a man treadeth very softly upon boards. Francis Bacon.

    Ahab rent his cloaths, and went softly. 1 Kings xxi. 27.

    In this dark silence softly leave the town,
    And to the general’s tent direct your steps. Dryden.

    Death will dismiss me,
    And lay me softly in my native dust,
    To pay the forfeit of ill-manag’d trust. Dryden.

    She with a wreath of myrtle crowns the head,
    And softly lays him on a flow’ry bed. John Dryden, Æneid.

    The king must die;
    Though pity softly plead within my soul,
    Yet he must die, that I may make you great. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Softlyadverb

    in a soft manner

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'softly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3730

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'softly' in Adverbs Frequency: #268

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of softly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of softly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of softly in a Sentence

  1. Flavio Volpe:

    In these affairs, you’re either a lion or its lunch, and I’m not sure that walking softly will keep you out of its mouth.”

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    Speak softly and carry a big stick you will go far.

  3. Accendo Markets analyst Augustin Eden:

    1065 pence (is) now a realistic target for shares given the broad agreement between East and 'softly softly' activist fund ValueAct as to where to redirect strategy.

  4. Unknown:

    Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

  5. Jeff Martin:

    We're softly encouraging people to see the value of their own energy, not just the energy they consume.

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    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    • A. adscripted
    • B. defiant
    • C. ravening
    • D. elusive

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