adjective, gen·tler, gen·tlest.
verb (used with object), gen·tled, gen·tling.
Origin of gentle
Examples from the Web for gentle
The only justice sought by those folks involved a conviction against Wilson for killing the “gentle giant” teen.Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn’t Jim Crow America|Ron Christie|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They act silly, and for a moment we see how gentle and innocent they are.
In all, the comment seemed to be a bit of gentle ribbing with the leader of the free world.Are Politicians Too Dumb to Understand the Lyrics to ‘Born in the USA’?|Parker Molloy|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In The Theory of Everything, the “master of the universe” is depicted as a gentle man and loving—albeit conflicted—husband.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gentle, erudite soul within a body the public considered an oddity is the contrast at the heart of “The Elephant Man.”
If necessary, the whip may be used, by gentle touches upon the left shoulder.The Lady and Her Horse|T. A. Jenkins
In another minute nine o'clock struck, and a gentle tap at the door called them both back into the world again.Tom Brown's School Days|Thomas Hughes
But he was gentle, and appreciative of little kindnesses; so, to keep from weakening tears, I took to swearing myself.A Woman's Part in a Revolution|Natalie Harris Hammond
"Yes," said Tussie, his eyes on her mouth—surely a mouth only made for kindness and gentle words.The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight|Elizabeth von Arnim
"There's no telling what she's going to do," Mrs. Baxter went on, with a gentle sigh.The Walking Delegate|Leroy Scott
British Dictionary definitions for gentle
Word Origin for gentle
Word Origin and History for gentle
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.