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 gentlestgenial, amiable, considerate, mellow, compassionate, quiet, tame, pleasant, benign, placid, tender, affable, moderate, soft, humane, cool, serene, subdued, slight, smooth
Examples from the Web for gentlest
Contemporary Examples of gentlest
Wyoming horseman Buck Brannaman tends to give his charges the gentlest of tugs.The Real-Life Horse Whisperer
June 17, 2011
Historical Examples of gentlest
An excuse, instead of a denial, was the gentlest answer I received.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
Presently there came the gentlest of impacts and then a clanking sound.Pariah Planet
I have come to know you for the sweetest, gentlest saint in all this world.Bardelys the Magnificent
There was the gentlest breeze, and at our moorings it was almost cool.The Priest's Tale - Pre Etienne
Dr. Owen spoke in his gentlest manner, for he realized that he must gain her confidence.Possessed
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.