- kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
- not severe, rough, or violent; mild: a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.
- moderate: gentle heat.
- gradual: a gentle slope.
- of good birth or family; wellborn.
- characteristic of good birth; honorable; respectable: a gentle upbringing.
- easily handled or managed; tractable: a gentle animal.
- soft or low: a gentle sound.
- polite; refined: Consider, gentle reader, my terrible predicament at this juncture.
- entitled to a coat of arms; armigerous.
- Archaic. noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight.
- to tame; render tractable.
- to mollify; calm; pacify.
- to make gentle.
- to stroke; soothe by petting.
- to ennoble; dignify.
Origin of gentle
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Examples from the Web for gentler
Mr. Huckabee far overshadows his kinder, gentler Gov. Huckabee.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
The actor showed tremendous range in the role, bouncing between his wacky stand-up persona and gentler dramatic work.Robin Williams's Greatest Moments on Stage and Screen (Video)
The Daily Beast Video
August 12, 2014
The ringlets had been allowed to fall out and in their place was a gentler, Farrah Fawcett-style wave.Why Kate's Hair Matters
July 3, 2014
Sobriety brought a new, kinder, and gentler Womack, who often expressed remorse and regret over his past offenses.Bobby Womack’s Sexual Democracy: The Late Soul Legend Preached Mutual Pleasure
June 29, 2014
Moore is famously amiable and social-media savvy, and he takes a gentler and more sophisticated tone than his predecessor.Southern Baptists Take Baby Steps Away from the Culture Wars
June 14, 2014
It is to make kinder the face of the Nation and gentler the face of the world.
But the gentler fibers of the man were atrophied by the habits of a lifetime.Within the Law
I got him to tap it gentler and gentler, and could hear the most feeble tap.
The young man was sent to college that he might be a member of a gentler caste.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
There was that noisy wind again, but this time it was gentler than it had been in the city.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
- having a mild or kindly nature or character
- soft or temperate; mild; moderatea gentle scolding
- graduala gentle slope
- easily controlled; tamea gentle horse
- archaic of good breeding; noblegentle blood
- archaic gallant; chivalrous
- to tame or subdue (a horse)
- to appease or mollify
- obsolete to ennoble or dignify
- a maggot, esp when used as bait in fishing
- archaic a person who is of good breeding
Word Origin and History for gentler
early 13c., "well-born," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble, of good family" (11c., in Modern French "nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty"), from Latin gentilis "of the same family or clan," from gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan," from root of gignere "beget," from PIE root *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "gracious, kind" (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that of "mild, tender" is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman.