gently

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gentilly, gentlych, gentilliche, equivalent to gentle +‎ -ly, with *-lely simplified to -ly by haplology.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛntli/
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  • Hyphenation: gen‧tly

Adverb[edit]

gently (comparative gentlier or more gently, superlative gentliest or most gently)

  1. in a gentle manner
    • 2012 May 8, Yotam Ottolenghi; Sami Tamimi, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook[1], Random House, →ISBN, page 79:
      First, marinate the tofu. In a bowl, whisk the kecap manis, chilli sauce, and sesame oil together. Cut the tofu into strips about 1cm thick, mix gently (so it doesn't break) with the marinade and leave in the fridge for half an hour.

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