adjective, gen·tler, gen·tlest.
verb (used with object), gen·tled, gen·tling.
Origin of gentle
Synonyms for gentle
Antonyms for gentle
Related Words for gentlenesstenderness, kindness, fragility, softness, caution, carefulness, pliability, mildness, delicacy, pliancy, smoothness, obedience, meekness, tameness
Examples from the Web for gentleness
Contemporary Examples of gentleness
When he does, here is a gentleness in his voice, a reflective and lovely quality that no movie he has been in has ever captured.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
I wanted to somehow plug into it with gentleness and love, because those are things I feel comfortable with.The Casual Genius of Jenny Slate: ‘Marcel the Shell,’ ‘Obvious Child,’ and the Ghost of ‘SNL’
October 17, 2014
His brown eyes were penetrating yet peaceful, and he immediately disarmed my nervousness with his gentleness.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
His body has an even grace, his face a restless eagerness, and a gentleness, not to be confused with ‘niceness,’ is his manner.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
I dreaded to hear what he was going to say, but he spoke with the same simplicity and gentleness.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Historical Examples of gentleness
"Trouble him not," murmured the melancholy man, with gentleness.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Notwithstanding their gentleness, during the first year the Huberts were often discouraged.The Dream
Gentleness and mercy should blend their benign influences with justice.
He had been early trained to gentleness, docility, and goodness.
All the lines in his face were those of gentleness and truth.Tiverton Tales
Word Origin 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.