Wyoming horseman Buck Brannaman tends to give his charges the gentlest of tugs.
One of the very sweetest, gentlest characters in literature is Colonel Newcome.
And yet with all his strength Sandy was the gentlest of men with his sheep.
The monk to whom he had been delivered for punishment was the one of all the monastery who had the kindliest, gentlest face.
James thought of Pritchard-Wallace, gentlest and best-humoured of men.
The World, in its gentlest mood of indulgence, will say compassionately, 'Poor man!
He treated the inflamed and swollen joint in the gentlest manner.
What has become of John Hibbert, gentlest mannered man that ever repulsed attack on the public purse?
I know of her as the noblest creature and the gentlest and wisest that ever was born.
For, (though in the gentlest of ways,) they had hinted it was scarce worth the while, I should doubtless have printed it.
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.