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 (1 of 2)

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)

British Dictionary definitions for softness (2 of 2)

Derived Forms

softly, adverb

Word Origin for soft

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