gentle

  • 1 Gentle — Gen tle, a. [Compar. {Gentler}; superl. {Gentlest}.] [OE. gentil, F. gentil noble, pretty, graceful, fr. L. gentilis of the same clan or race, fr. gens, gentis, tribe, clan, race, orig. that which belongs together by birth, fr. the root of genere …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 gentle — [jent′ l] adj. gentler, gentlest [ME gentil < OFr, of noble birth < L gentilis, of the same gens (in LL, of a good family) < gens: see GENS] 1. belonging to the upper classes or polite society 2. like or suitable to polite society;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 gentle — The phrase the gentle art, which was used with clever irony by the American painter James McNeill Whistler in his title The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (1890), had already become a cliché by the time Fowler wrote (1926). As well as being used… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 gentle — [adj1] having a mild or kind nature affable, agreeable, amiable, benign, biddable, bland, compassionate, considerate, cool*, cultivated, disciplined, docile, domesticated, dovelike*, easy, genial, humane, kindly, laid back*, lenient, manageable,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 Gentle — Gent le, v. t. 1. To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable. [R. or Poet.] [1913 Webster] To gentle life s descent, We shut our eyes, and think it is a plain. Young.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Gentle — may refer to: *Gentleness *Gentleman *Gentle (comics) …

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  • 7 Gentle — Gen tle, n. 1. One well born; a gentleman. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Gentles, methinks you frown. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A trained falcon. See {Falcon gentil}. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) A dipterous larva used as fish bait. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 gentle — index harmless, lenient, nonmilitant, peaceable, placid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 gentle — (adj.) early 13c., well born, from O.Fr. gentil high born, noble, of good family (11c., in Modern French nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty ), from L. gentilis of the same family or clan, from gens (gen. gentis) race, clan, from root of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 gentle — *soft, mild, smooth, lenient, bland, balmy Analogous words: *moderate, temperate: *pleasant, agreeable, grateful, pleasing, welcome: *calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful, halcyon Antonyms: rough, harsh Contrasted words: vehement, intense,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 gentle — ► ADJECTIVE (gentler, gentlest) 1) mild or kind; not rough or violent. 2) not harsh or severe. 3) archaic noble or courteous. DERIVATIVES gentleness noun gently adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 gentle —    Formerly a vocative in its own right, especially in the plural when it was used to address a group of nobles or gentlemen and gentlewomen. Examples of such usage occur in, e.g., The Merry Wives of Windsor (3:ii) and Henry the Fifth (l:i). The… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 13 gentle — gentleness, n. gently, adv. /jen tl/, adj., gentler, gentlest, v., gentled, gentling. adj. 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 …

    Universalium

  • 14 gentle */*/ — UK [ˈdʒent(ə)l] / US adjective Word forms gentle : adjective gentle comparative gentler superlative gentlest 1) a) a gentle person is kind and calm Joe is such a gentle, loving boy. b) used about people s behaviour Mother s manner was always… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 gentle — gen|tle W3S3 [ˈdʒentl] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : French; Origin: gentil, from Latin gentilis of a family, of the same family , from gens; GENTILE] 1.) kind and careful in the way you behave or do things, so that you do not hurt or damage anyone or… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 gentle — [[t]ʤe̱nt(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦♦ gentler, gentlest 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is gentle is kind, mild, and calm. My son was a quiet and gentle man who liked sports and enjoyed life... Michael s voice was gentle and consoling. Derived words: gently ADV… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 gentle — gen|tle [ dʒentl ] adjective ** 1. ) a gentle person is kind and calm: Joe is such a gentle, loving boy. a ) used about people s behavior: Mother s manner was always gentle. a gentle smile 2. ) gentle movement does not use or need a lot of force… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 gentle — 01. You need to be very [gentle] when you pick up a newborn baby. 02. The mother was speaking to her son in a [gentle] voice, trying to calm him down. 03. Her father was a very [gentle] man who never got mad at anyone. 04. He [gently] touched her …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 gentle — adjective 1 kind and careful in your character or behaviour and not at all violent or unpleasant: Be gentle when you brush the baby s hair. | Lynne was a sweet, gentle girl. | a little gentle mockery (+ with): He was incredibly gentle with her… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 gentle — gen•tle [[t]ˈdʒɛn tl[/t]] adj. tler, tlest, 1) kindly; amiable: a gentle manner[/ex] 2) not severe, rough, or violent; mild: a gentle tap on the arm[/ex] 3) moderate: gentle heat[/ex] 4) not steep; gradual: a gentle slope[/ex] 5) of good birth or …

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