I first glimpsed 11-year-old Yussef Mohamed tenderly cleaning the face of someone wounded.
The models walked with a fistful of red roses, tenderly tossing them onto the bed-bound boys as they turned a corner.
Not since Bill Clinton has the middle class been so tenderly wooed.
But underneath all the brave chutzpah, wit, jokes and verve, it is touching, naïve and tenderly confused.
I held it in my arms until the alarm in the safe rang harshly, and then tenderly, proudly, I replaced it and shut the steel doors.
It chinked pleasantly as it fell, and Cocardasse weighed it tenderly.
At length he rose and looked at the girl he loved long and tenderly.
She folded her once more in her arms, and then, taking her by the hand, led her tenderly into Triplet's inner room.
"But you've forgotten some things," the younger man said tenderly.
I whispered, tenderly, and took her by the waist so that her face lay upturned on my shoulder.
"soft, easily injured," early 13c., from Old French tendre "soft, delicate, tender" (11c.), from Latin tenerem (nominative tener) "soft, delicate, of tender age," from PIE *ten- "stretch" (see tenet). Meaning "kind, affectionate, loving" first recorded c.1300. Meaning "having the delicacy of youth, immature" is attested from early 14c. Tender-hearted first recorded 1530s.
"to offer formally," 1540s, from Middle French tendre "to offer, hold forth" (11c.), from Latin tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tenet). The retention of the ending of the French infinitive is unusual. The noun meaning "formal offer" is from 1540s; specific sense of "money that may be legally offered as payment" is from 1740.
"person who tends another," late 15c., probably an agent noun formed from Middle English tenden "attend to" (see tend (2)); later extended to locomotive engineers (1825) and barmen (1883). The meaning "small boat used to attend larger ones" first recorded 1670s.
tender ten·der (těn'dər)
adj. ten·der·er, ten·der·est
Easily crushed or bruised; fragile.
Easily hurt; sensitive.