[jen-tl] /ˈdʒɛn tl/
adjective, gentler, gentlest.
a gentle manner.
not severe, rough, or violent; mild:
a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.
a gentle slope.
of good birth or family; wellborn.
characteristic of good birth; honorable; respectable:
a gentle upbringing.
easily handled or managed; tractable:
a gentle animal.
soft or low:
a gentle sound.
Consider, gentle reader, my terrible predicament at this juncture.
entitled to a coat of arms; armigerous.
Archaic. noble; chivalrous:
a gentle knight.
verb (used with object), gentled, gentling.
to tame; render tractable.
to mollify; calm; pacify.
to make gentle.
to stroke; soothe by petting.
to ennoble; dignify.
having a mild or kindly nature or character
soft or temperate; mild; moderate: a gentle scolding
gradual: a gentle slope
easily controlled; tame: a gentle horse
(archaic) of good breeding; noble: gentle blood
(archaic) gallant; chivalrous
to tame or subdue (a horse)
to appease or mollify
(obsolete) to ennoble or dignify
a maggot, esp when used as bait in fishing
(archaic) a person who is of good breeding
early 13c., “well-born,” from Old French gentil “high-born, noble, of good family” (11c., in Modern French “nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty”), from Latin gentilis “of the same family or clan,” from gens (genitive gentis) “race, clan,” from root of gignere “beget,” from PIE root *gen- “produce” (see genus). Sense of “gracious, kind” (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that of “mild, tender” is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman.
noun, Meteorology. 1. a wind of 8–12 miles per hour (4–5 m/sec). noun 1. (meteorol) a light breeze of force three on the Beaufort scale, blowing at 8–12 mph
noun 1. the sport of angling or fishing (usually preceded by the).
[jen-tl-fohk] /ˈdʒɛn tlˌfoʊk/ noun, (used with a plural verb) 1. persons of good family and breeding. /ˈdʒɛntəlˌfəʊk/ plural noun 1. persons regarded as being of good breeding
noun a form of address for a woman