Gentle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdʒentl|  American pronunciation of the word gentle
Brit.  |ˈdʒɛnt(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word gentle


- cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of (syn: appease, assuage, conciliate, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate)
- give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility (syn: ennoble, entitle)
- stroke soothingly


- soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe(syn: soft)
- having or showing a kindly or tender nature
- quiet and soothing
- belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy(syn: aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, patrician)
- easily handled or managed(syn: docile)
- having little impact(syn: easy, soft)
- marked by moderate steepness(syn: easy)


a dog that is gentle with children

Your mother has a gentle manner.

I heard a gentle knock at the door.

It's a delicate problem that requires gentle handling.

The job requires a gentle touch.

The cold snap was a gentle reminder that winter was coming.

...the archbishop treated both the gentles and the commoners with respect and kindness...

...employees soon learned that their hot-tempered boss needed to be gentled several times a day...

...soothingly gentled his cat's head as she was being treated by the vet...

Arthur was a very gentle, caring person.

'Where does it hurt?' she asked in a gentle voice.

Be gentle with the baby.

After a little gentle persuasion, she agreed to go back to her family.

Melt the butter over a gentle heat (=low heat).

the gentle touch of her hand

Word forms

comparative: gentler
superlative: gentlest
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