softly softly

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Reduplication of softly. Likely an allusion to softly, softly, catchee monkey or a similar phrase.[1]

Adjective[edit]

softly softly (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, often hyphenated) Discreet, low-key, careful.
    • 2003, Annette Jünemann, Euro-Mediterranean relations after September 11, ISBN 9780714655123:
      Second, this lack of divergence is also the outcome of the EU's softly-softly approach to human rights and democracy in Morocco.

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Adverb[edit]

softly softly (not comparable)

  1. (Britain) In a very tactful, careful, or nondisruptive manner.
    • 2006, "Royal heads Betfred field," RTE Sport (Ireland) 28 Apr. (retrieved 22 June 2009):
      We couldn't get him back into training before Christmas time because he picked up an injury at the Cheltenham Festival last year and we had to go softly softly.

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ softly, adv.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, December 2016.