- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: sŏft, IPA(key): /sɒft/, /sɔːft/
- (US) enPR: säft, sôft, IPA(key): /sɑft/, /sɒft/, /sɔft/
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- Rhymes: -ɒft
From Middle English softe (“soft, easy, gentle, yielding”), from Old English sōfte, alteration of earlier sēfte (“soft, gentle, easy, comfortable”), from Proto-Germanic *samftijaz (“level, even, smooth, soft, gentle”), from *sōmiz (“agreeable, fitting”), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one, whole”). Cognate with Dutch zacht (“soft”), German sanft (“soft, yielding”), Old Norse sœmr (“agreeable, fitting”), Old Norse samr (“same”). More at seem, same.
- Easily giving way under pressure.
- My head sank easily into the soft pillow.
- (of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.
- Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.
- soft silk; a soft skin
- Bible, Matt. xi. 8
- They that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
- There was a soft breeze blowing.
- I would to God my heart were flint, like Edward's; / Or Edward's soft and pitiful, like mine.
- The meek or soft shall inherit the earth.
- Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.
- soft eyes
- Bible, Proverbs xv. 1
- A soft answer turneth away wrath.
- A face with gladness overspread, / Soft smiles, by human kindness bred.
- Gentle in action or motion; easy.
- On her soft axle, white she paces even, / And bears thee soft with the smooth air along.
- Weak in character; impressible.
- The deceiver soon found this soft place of Adam's.
- Requiring little or no effort; easy.
- a soft job
- Not bright or intense.
- soft lighting
- (of a road intersection) Having an acute angle.
- At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the soft left.
- (of a sound) Quiet.
- I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.
- Her voice was ever soft, / Gentle, and low, — an excellent thing in woman.
- (linguistics) voiced, sonant
- (linguistics, rare) voiceless
- (linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized
- (slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.
- When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.
- (of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
- You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.
- (UK, colloquial) Foolish.
- He made soft fellows stark noddies, and such as were foolish quite mad.
- (physics) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard)
- (of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.
- Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.
- The admin imposed a soft block/ban on the user or a soft lock on the article.
- (UK, of a man) Effeminate.
- Jeremy Taylor
- A longing after sensual pleasures is a dissolution of the spirit of a man, and makes it loose, soft, and wandering.
- Jeremy Taylor
- Agreeable to the senses.
- a soft liniment
- soft wines
- the soft, delicious air
- Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.
- soft colours
- the soft outline of the snow-covered hill
- Sir Thomas Browne
- The sun, shining upon the upper part of the clouds […] made the softest lights imaginable.
- (of a cloth): non-abrasive, fluffy
- (gentle): gentle, light, nesh
- (of a sound): quiet
- (lacking strength or resolve): meek, mild, wimpy, nesh
- (foolish): daft, foolish, silly, stupid
- (giving way under pressure): hard, resistant, solid, stony
- (of a cloth): abrasive, scratchy
- (gentle): harsh, rough, strong
- (acute): hard
- (of a sound): loud
- (lacking strength or resolve): firm, strict, tough
- (of water): hard
- (foolish): sensible
- (archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
- Soft, you; a word or two before you go.
- But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
- (obsolete) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
- A knight soft riding toward them.
soft (plural softs)
- A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of George Eliot to this entry?)
soft m (plural softs)
- (sexuality) soft porn
- (computing, uncountable) Software.
- (computing, countable) A piece of software.
soft (masculine and feminine, plural softs)
- softcore (pornography)
- soft (tone etc; temporary (computing))