[ sawft-hahr-tid, soft- ]
/ ˈsɔftˈhɑr tɪd, ˈsɒft- /


very sympathetic or responsive; generous in spirit: a soft-hearted judge.

Nearby words

  1. soft-core,
  2. soft-cover,
  3. soft-finned,
  4. soft-focus lens,
  5. soft-headed,
  6. soft-land,
  7. soft-pedal,
  8. soft-rock geology,
  9. soft-sell,
  10. soft-shell

Origin of soft-hearted

First recorded in 1570–80

SYNONYMS FOR soft-hearted
tender, kind-hearted.

Related formssoft-heart·ed·ly, adverbsoft-heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for soft-hearted



also softhearted, 1590s, from soft (adj.) "tender" + hearted. Related: Soft-heartedly; soft-heartedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper