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 gently
“Gently rolling hills” roll not-so-gently under my tires, but the English countryside scenery is soporific.
Shake off any excess flour and gently place in the heated oil.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the surface of the water.
His swimming led him back to meet the woman he had gently smiled at in the first episode.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The wording of the question, over which there was much haggling, gently favors a yes response.
But he noticed the cord and gently untied it, so that the boy slept on undisturbed.In God's Garden|Amy Steedman
This was not exactly clear to the little one, and she stood silent for a minute, gently fingering his long beard.A Waif of the Mountains|Edward S. Ellis
Send to Harold mildly, and gently remind him of oath and of relics—of treaty and pledge.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The recording point will in this manner be gently pressed against the glass plate, marking the dot, and then gradually set free.Life Movements in Plants|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
But now, softly whispering through ten thousand leaves, how gently the whole tree yields to the impression!
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.