Adjective "tender" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing gentleness, kindness, and affection.
  1. 'she covered his face with tender kisses'
  2. 'A mom's tender affection, her smiles and presence touches every heart.'
  3. 'They have a real and tender affection for her.'
  4. 'His touch was tender and gentle.'
  5. 'His eyes were glossy and filled with tender affection.'
  6. 'He took my hand and laid a gentle, tender kiss on it.'
  7. 'His kisses were tender and gentle.'
  8. 'His voice as tender and gentle as his kiss.'
  9. 'I was just misinterpreting a tender display of affection.'
  10. 'It's a gentle, tender moment between man and wife.'
  11. 'She tried to keep her tender kindness hidden in order to appear strong and in control.'
  12. 'I was obliged to lead him about, tender him, and help him.'
(of food) easy to cut or chew; not tough.
  1. 'The meat has been carefully selected and cooked to be perfectly tender.'
  2. 'Venison steaks are more tender than beef, with a leaner, cleaner flavour.'
  3. 'Gently boil for another five minutes, until the carrots are tender.'
  4. 'I would seal them in hot fat, wrap each bird in fatty bacon or pancetta and roast till tender.'
  5. 'There are fresh fruit juices and tender coconut.'
  6. 'The beef steaks are tender and juicy.'
  7. 'The lamb was tender without being delicate.'
  8. 'The quails were tender, with just crispy enough skin.'
  9. 'Fry over a medium heat until the potatoes are tender and golden brown.'
  10. 'The calamari in tomato sauce was tender and flavourful.'
(of a part of the body) sensitive to pain.
  1. 'There is atrophy of the muscles in the shoulder, with more than two sensitive tender points.'
  2. 'His knuckles were chapped and felt rough against the tender skin on his face.'
  3. 'She felt a needle prick her tender skin.'
  4. 'Pain is felt only after exercise, and the affected area is not tender to the touch, discolored or swollen.'
  5. 'Having an appliance fitted doesn't hurt, but your teeth usually feel tender for a few days after it is fitted or adjusted.'
  6. 'The area over the appendix will be very tender.'
  7. 'Strong sunshine harms the tender skin around the eye.'
  8. 'The bandage was delicately applied to the tender joint, where a bruise was starting to develop.'
  9. 'She got up, raising her tender body onto her left elbow.'
  10. 'Sensitive, tender or sore breasts are commonly one of the first signs of pregnancy.'
  11. 'pelargoniums are colourful but tender plants'
  12. 'Most fleshy plants and tender, newer plant growth will root very easily.'
  13. 'Since tuberous begonias are tender succulents, they need to be hung in shady or partial-shady locations.'
  14. 'New grass is tender and will not respond well to foot traffic until it matures and thickens.'
  15. 'This film protects tender plants and trees from frost damage.'
  16. 'Set out tender bedding plants such as petunias and marigolds after the last frost of spring.'
  17. 'Blooms are best in full sun, but these tender plants can take a half-day of sun.'
  18. 'Eaves provide frost protection for tender plants underneath.'
  19. 'Watch the weather forecast and cover up those frost tender plants at night.'
  20. 'We had extremely hot weather early, and some of the tender plants suffered from the intense heat.'
  21. 'Protect tender plants after the ground freezes with a layer of loose mulch.'
  22. 'It was already a very tender and awkward situation.'
Young, inexperienced, or vulnerable.
  1. 'She has had a major change in her life at the tender age of 19.'
  2. 'The fact that a violinist of such tender years can make this music sound so fresh is a considerable accomplishment.'
  3. 'This young man, at the tender age of 24 years, was the victim of a tragic accident.'
  4. 'The teen singer and actress has been in showbusiness since the tender age of nine.'
  5. 'The couple met at the tender age of 14.'
  6. 'At the tender age of 25, she is quickly becoming an authority on urban fashion.'
  7. 'At the tender age of 12 they already have shelves full of trophies.'
  8. 'He switched to electric bass, an instrument he began playing at the tender age of nine.'
  9. 'At the tender age of 25, he has 20 years experience under his belt.'
  10. 'At the tender age of 16 I started going out with my first real girlfriend.'
(of a ship) leaning or readily inclined to roll in response to the wind.
  1. 'I would expect the boat to be a bit on the tender side when the wind picks up.'


1. soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough: a tender steak.

2. weak or delicate in constitution; not strong or hardy.

3. (of plants) unable to withstand freezing temperatures.

4. young or immature: children of tender age.

5. delicate or soft in quality: tender blue.

6. delicate, soft, or gentle: the tender touch of her hand.

7. easily moved to sympathy or compassion; kind: a tender heart.

8. affectionate or loving; sentimental or am

More examples(as adjective)

"buys can be tender in markets."

"repos can be tender at pcts."

"points can be tender for certificates."

"investments can be tender for percents."

"corps can be tender for corp.s."

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(tender)Middle English: from Old French tendre, from Latin tener ‘tender, delicate’.


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