tender

1
[ten-der]

adjective, ten·der·er, ten·der·est.

verb (used with object)

to make tender.
Archaic. to regard or treat tenderly.

Origin of tender

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1175–1225; Middle English, variant of tendre < Old French < Latin tenerum, accusative of tener tender
Related formsten·der·ly, adverbten·der·ness, nounself-ten·der·ness, nounun·ten·der·ly, adverb
Can be confusedtender tenor tenure
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Contemporary Examples of tenderness

Historical Examples of tenderness

  • They were a hard-faced lot; he had not picked them for tenderness.

  • It is to the length of these fibers that the tenderness of meat is due.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Since the death of her father, there had been none on whom she could lavish the great gifts of her tenderness.

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    Marvin Dana

  • Fidelity and tenderness—those would be hers if she married him.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • At thirty a man should look back with tenderness, forward with hope.

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British Dictionary definitions for tenderness

tender

1

adjective

easily broken, cut, or crushed; soft; not tougha tender steak
easily damaged; vulnerable or sensitivea tender youth; at a tender age
having or expressing warm and affectionate feelingsa tender smile
kind, merciful, or sympathetica tender heart
arousing warm feelings; touchinga tender memory
gentle and delicatea tender breeze
requiring care in handling; ticklisha tender question
painful or sorea tender wound
sensitive to moral or spiritual feelingsa tender conscience
(postpositive foll by of) careful or protectivetender of one's emotions
(of a sailing vessel) easily keeled over by a wind; crankCompare stiff (def. 10)

verb

(tr) rare
  1. to make tender
  2. to treat tenderly
Derived Formstenderly, adverbtenderness, noun

Word Origin for tender

C13: from Old French tendre, from Latin tener delicate

tender

2

verb

(tr) to give, present, or offerto tender one's resignation; tender a bid
(intr foll by for) to make a formal offer or estimate for (a job or contract)
(tr) law to offer (money or goods) in settlement of a debt or claim

noun

the act or an instance of tendering; offer
commerce a formal offer to supply specified goods or services at a stated cost or rate
something, esp money, used as an official medium of paymentlegal tender
Derived Formstenderable, adjectivetenderer, noun

Word Origin for tender

C16: from Anglo-French tendre, from Latin tendere to extend; see tend 1

tender

3

noun

a small boat, such as a dinghy, towed or carried by a yacht or ship
a vehicle drawn behind a steam locomotive to carry the fuel and water
an ancillary vehicle used to carry supplies, spare parts, etc, for a mobile operation, such as an outside broadcast
a person who tends

Word Origin for tender

C15: variant of attender
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Word Origin and History for tenderness

tender

adj.

"soft, easily injured," early 13c., from Old French tendre "soft, delicate, tender" (11c.), from Latin tenerem (nominative tener) "soft, delicate, of tender age," from PIE *ten- "stretch" (see tenet). Meaning "kind, affectionate, loving" first recorded c.1300. Meaning "having the delicacy of youth, immature" is attested from early 14c. Tender-hearted first recorded 1530s.

tender

v.

"to offer formally," 1540s, from Middle French tendre "to offer, hold forth" (11c.), from Latin tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tenet). The retention of the ending of the French infinitive is unusual. The noun meaning "formal offer" is from 1540s; specific sense of "money that may be legally offered as payment" is from 1740.

tender

n.

"person who tends another," late 15c., probably an agent noun formed from Middle English tenden "attend to" (see tend (2)); later extended to locomotive engineers (1825) and barmen (1883). The meaning "small boat used to attend larger ones" first recorded 1670s.

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tenderness in Medicine

tenderness

[tĕndər-nĭs]

n.

The condition of being tender or sore to the touch.

tender

[tĕndər]

adj.

Easily crushed or bruised; fragile.
Easily hurt; sensitive.
Painful; sore.
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Idioms and Phrases with tenderness

tender

see leave to someone's tender mercies.

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