Adjective "gentle" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character.
  1. 'her gentle voice'
  2. 'The beloved is portrayed as gentle, sensitive, tender and compassionate.'
  3. 'Kind and gentle in his manner, John had a smile for everyone.'
  4. 'By nature, he was gentle and mild, but he now mustered up his courage to take a step that was necessary.'
  5. 'May was a gentle person who retained a well balanced perspective on life throughout her long years.'
  6. 'A pleasant, good natured and gentle person, Una's caring qualities were always to the fore.'
  7. 'Harmeet is the kindest, most compassionate, humble and gentle soul I have ever met.'
  8. 'Ben has many qualities: he is gentle, fun and brave.'
  9. 'In person, she is gentle, candid and softly spoken.'
  10. 'The minister, though gentle in character, is firm of purpose.'
  11. 'In person he is gentle and friendly, and wouldn't think of putting you on, perhaps because Miller isn't yet accustomed to being interviewed.'
Moderate in action, effect, or degree; not strong or violent.
  1. 'a gentle breeze'
  2. 'He leaned towards her, pulled her close and gave her a gentle kiss.'
  3. 'A cleanser, astringent, gentle abrasive and mild bleaching agent, baking soda is a true all-purpose beauty aid.'
  4. 'Yet the softness of the edges of the silhouettes and the equal softness of the charcoal surfaces produce a soothing, gentle effect.'
  5. 'His voice was so gentle, and yet so firm as well.'
  6. 'They respond well to gentle stewing or simmering.'
  7. 'Just before I pass out, strong yet gentle arms pick me up.'
  8. 'Noncirculating air feels up to 9 degrees warmer than the gentle air circulation from a ceiling fan.'
  9. 'But, with a surprisingly gentle touch, she brushes his hair away from his forehead.'
  10. 'Acceptance is the tender and gentle process of opening our hearts to others, to ourselves, and to our common ground of suffering.'
  11. 'Slowly Nathan brought his head down, stealing her lips in a gentle kiss.'
  12. 'Wandering down the gentle slope to the lake we put last week into perspective and start thinking next week will probably turn out reasonably OK.'
  13. 'These sediments accumulate to form the large, gentle slope of the continental rise.'
  14. 'In areas where spring frosts threaten developing buds and flowers, plant where air drainage is adequate, such as midway down a gentle slope.'
  15. 'The new trail rounds the curve out more, and at the same time provides a slightly more gentle slope.'
  16. 'First, the lake's shallow swimming area was excavated, creating a gentle slope to a depth of four feet.'
  17. 'Geologically, the Cotswolds were created from a large block of oolitic limestone tilting up at its western end to form today's escarpment, with a gentle slope tilting to the east.'
  18. 'Beside our chalet, for example, was a gentle slope that proved perfect for bum-boarding.'
  19. 'Close to the beginners meadow are gentle slopes, which become imperceptibly steeper, enabling you to improve without fear.'
  20. 'One is that obviously you want to drive on fairly gentle slopes.'
  21. 'The hole was about eighteen feet across and lay just over the rim of a low hill that rose in a long gentle slope from the side of our farm.'
(of a person) noble or having the qualities attributed to noble birth; courteous and chivalrous.
  1. 'My dinner guests were gentle people with refined sensibilities.'


Make or become gentle.
  1. 'Jesse gentled his grip but his eyes remained hard as they scanned over Joel's injuries.'
  2. 'His face gentled, and he touched his forehead to the other's.'
  3. 'The hands that held her upper arms gentled, though they did not relinquish their hold.'
  4. '‘Sorry’ he said gentling his touch a bit when he heard her gasp.'
  5. 'She was exhausted, her eyelids seemed to be made of lead, and her rump was sore from the long ride, gentled though it had been by the magic that masked their flight.'
  6. 'We waited till after tea, when the fierce sun of the afternoon had gentled into a golden glow.'
  7. 'She quickly assessed the young man, the pallor of the police officer's face and gentled her tone as she asked, ‘Can you tell me what you saw, please?’'
  8. 'The sun laid the previous day to rest, and gentled the fears of the night.'
  9. 'He looked to the sky and calmed the storm, gentling the wind and made the snow fall thinner.'
  10. 'It gentles our character as a whole, rendering us more patient and respectful toward others, more attentive to and interested in people's thoughts and feelings.'
  11. 'They had her gentled at a trainer's farm and then they kept her for a few years as a simple backyard riding pony.'
  12. 'In my early training days, I was taught that the first thing a real trainer did was to gentle a horse.'
  13. 'Do gentled and trained mustangs serve a useful purpose?'


A maggot, especially the larva of a blowfly, used as bait.
  1. 'Chub are the number one species at the moment with swim feeder rig and gentles being the top way of fishing.'
  2. 'Mike's fish was caught on a size 12 hook baited with gentles.'


1. kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.

2. not severe, rough, or violent; mild: a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.

3. moderate: gentle heat.

4. gradual: a gentle slope.

5. of good birth or family; wellborn.

6. characteristic of good birth; honorable; respectable: a gentle upbringing.

7. easily handled or managed; tractable: a gentle animal.

8. soft or low: a gentle sound. 9. polite; refined: Consider, gentle reader, my terrible p

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be gentle with people."

"people can be gentle as lambs."

"waves can be gentle on hairs."

"treatments can be gentle on hairs."

"starts can be gentle with tracks."

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Late 16th century: probably from an obsolete sense of the adjective, ‘soft, pliant’.