adjective, gen·tler, gen·tlest.
verb (used with object), gen·tled, gen·tling.
- gentisic acid,
- gentle breeze,
- gentle craft,
- gentle sex,
Origin of gentle
Examples from the Web for gentler
Mr. Huckabee far overshadows his kinder, gentler Gov. Huckabee.
The actor showed tremendous range in the role, bouncing between his wacky stand-up persona and gentler dramatic work.Robin Williams's Greatest Moments on Stage and Screen (Video)|The Daily Beast Video|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ringlets had been allowed to fall out and in their place was a gentler, Farrah Fawcett-style wave.
Sobriety brought a new, kinder, and gentler Womack, who often expressed remorse and regret over his past offenses.Bobby Womack’s Sexual Democracy: The Late Soul Legend Preached Mutual Pleasure|David Masciotra|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moore is famously amiable and social-media savvy, and he takes a gentler and more sophisticated tone than his predecessor.Southern Baptists Take Baby Steps Away from the Culture Wars|Ruth Graham|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After this she was gentler still, but she had another point to clear up.The Spoils of Poynton|Henry James
A man's eye doesn't get a chance to adapt itself to the highest hills by measuring the gentler slopes that are nearer to him.Jack the Young Canoeman|George Bird Grinnell
But Moor reproached him for his desertion, doubly felt since the gentler acquirements made him dearer to his friend.Moods|Louisa May Alcott
This he did in a quiet, gentler manner, such that it seemed as if he would hardly have behaved otherwise.Maezli|Johanna Spyri
It is true that, later, the lady is the subject of one or two allusions of a gentler cast.Hawthorne|Henry James, Junr.
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.