- 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 gentlest
Wyoming horseman Buck Brannaman tends to give his charges the gentlest of tugs.The Real-Life Horse Whisperer
June 17, 2011
An excuse, instead of a denial, was the gentlest answer I received.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
Presently there came the gentlest of impacts and then a clanking sound.Pariah Planet
I have come to know you for the sweetest, gentlest saint in all this world.Bardelys the Magnificent
There was the gentlest breeze, and at our moorings it was almost cool.The Priest's Tale - Pre Etienne
Dr. Owen spoke in his gentlest manner, for he realized that he must gain her confidence.Possessed
- 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 gentlest
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.