Nearby words

  1. soffit,
  2. soffritto,
  3. sofia,
  4. sofiya,
  5. sofrito,
  6. soft armor,
  7. soft chancre,
  8. soft clam,
  9. soft coal,
  10. soft commodities

Idioms

    be soft on someone, Informal. to be amorously inclined toward a person; have an affection for: He's been soft on her for years.

Origin of soft

before 1000; Middle English softe yielding, gentle, mild, Old English sōfte agreeable; cognate with German sanft

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for softness

softness

/ (ˈsɒftnɪs) /

noun

the quality or an instance of being soft
metallurgy the tendency of a metal to distort easilySee brittleness (def. 2), toughness (def. 2)
Derived Formssoftly, adverb

Word Origin for soft

Old English sōfte; related to Old Saxon sāfti, Old High German semfti gentle

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Word Origin and History for softness
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Idioms and Phrases with softness

soft

In addition to the idioms beginning with soft

  • soften up
  • soft in the head
  • soft job
  • soft on
  • soft pedal
  • soft sell
  • soft soap
  • soft spot
  • soft touch

also see:

  • hard (soft) sell
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