yielding readily to touch or pressure; easily penetrated, divided, or changed in shape; not hard or stiff:
a soft pillow.
relatively deficient in hardness, as metal or wood.
smooth and agreeable to the touch; not rough or coarse:
a soft fabric; soft skin.
producing agreeable sensations; pleasant or comfortable:
low or subdued in sound; gentle and melodious:
soft music; a soft voice.
not harsh or unpleasant to the eye; not glaring:
soft light; a soft color.
not hard or sharp:
gentle or mild:
genial or balmy, as climate or air.
gentle, mild, warm-hearted, or compassionate:
a soft, grandmotherly woman.
smooth, soothing, or ingratiating:
not harsh or severe, as a penalty or demand.
responsive or sympathetic to the feelings, emotions, needs, etc., of others; tender-hearted.
sentimental or flowery, as language:
soft, meaningless talk.
not strong or robust; delicate; incapable of great endurance or exertion:
He was too soft for the Marines.
Informal. easy; involving little effort; not difficult, laborious, trying, or severe:
a soft job.
Informal. easily influenced or swayed; easily imposed upon; impressionable.
lenient, permissive, or conciliatory, especially regarding something that is conceived of as dangerous or threatening:
to be soft on Communism.
(of water) relatively free from mineral salts that interfere with the action of soap.
(of paper money or a monetary system) not supported by sufficient gold reserves or not easily convertible into a foreign currency.
(of a market, market condition, or prices) declining in value, volume, profitability, etc.; weak:
a soft tourist season.
Compare firm1 (def 7).
(of money) plentiful or available at low interest rates or on easy terms:
a soft loan.
(of a metal) easily magnetized and demagnetized.
(of solder) fusing readily.
(of a metal or alloy) fully annealed, so as to provide minimum mechanical hardness.
(of a photographic image) having delicate gradations of tone.
(of a focus) lacking in sharpness.
(of a lens) unable to be focused sharply.
(of consonants) lenis, especially lenis and voiced.
(of c and g) pronounced as in cent and gem.
(of consonants in Slavic languages) palatalized.
Compare hard (def 38).
Military. (of a missile-launching base) aboveground and relatively unprotected from enemy attack.
Aerospace. (of a landing of a space vehicle) gentle; not harmful to the vehicle or its contents:
a soft landing on the moon.
Physics. (of a beam of particles or electromagnetic radiation) having relatively low energy:
Compare hard (def 40).
(of a delegate, voter, etc.) not committed to any one candidate.
foolish or stupid:
soft in the head.
(of a detergent) readily biodegradable.
something that is soft or yielding; the soft part.
in a soft manner.
be quiet! hush!
not so fast! stop!
be soft on someone, Informal. to be amorously inclined toward a person; have an affection for:
He’s been soft on her for years.
Our nation is going so soft, and it’s clearly President Obama’s fault.
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Which is too bad, because we badly need that squishy, soft quality to restore the hardest of hard things, the economy.
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New mothers want two hammocks made of soft, shapeless cotton sewn together and viewed only in a darkened room.
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On it a young beardless man speaks Chechen and Arabic with a soft accent.
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The rulings sparked fury among citizens, who took to Tahrir Square once again, accusing the military of a soft coup.
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Her eyes brightened and she placed a soft hand upon his arm.
The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
Andrew Lanning was town bred and soft of skin from the work at the forge.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
Nothing but that drip, drip of the rain, and that soft distant sighing of the sea.
Antony Gray,–Gardener Leslie Moore
The banks of the river were steep, and consisted of soft clay.
Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia Thomas Mitchell
You’re kind of soft around the stomach, Mr. Henderson, I’m sorry to say.
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easy to dent, work, or cut without shattering; malleable
not hard; giving little or no resistance to pressure or weight
fine, light, smooth, or fluffy to the touch
(of music, sounds, etc) low and pleasing
(of light, colour, etc) not excessively bright or harsh
(of a breeze, climate, etc) temperate, mild, or pleasant
(dialect) drizzly or rainy: a soft day, the weather has turned soft
slightly blurred; not sharply outlined: soft focus
(of a diet) consisting of easily digestible foods
kind or lenient, often excessively so
easy to influence or impose upon
prepared to compromise; not doctrinaire: the soft left
(informal) feeble or silly; simple (often in the phrase soft in the head)
unable to endure hardship, esp through too much pampering
physically out of condition; flabby: soft muscles
loving; tender: soft words
(informal) requiring little exertion; easy: a soft job
(chem) (of water) relatively free of mineral salts and therefore easily able to make soap lather
(of a drug such as cannabis) nonaddictive or only mildly addictive Compare hard (sense 19)
(of news coverage) concentrating on trivial stories or those with human interest
an older word for lenis
(not in technical usage) denoting the consonants c and g in English when they are pronounced as palatal or alveolar fricatives or affricates (s, / dʒ /, / ʃ /, / ð /, / tʃ /) before e and i, rather than as velar stops (k, g)
(in the Slavonic languages) palatalized before a front vowel or a special character (soft sign) written as Ь
unprotected against attack: a soft target
(military) unarmoured, esp as applied to a truck by comparison with a tank
(finance, mainly US) (of prices, a market, etc) unstable and tending to decline
(of a currency) in relatively little demand, esp because of a weak balance of payments situation
(of radiation, such as X-rays and ultraviolet radiation) having low energy and not capable of deep penetration of materials
(physics) (of valves or tubes) only partially evacuated
related to the performance of non-specific, undefinable tasks: soft skills such as customer services and office support
soft on, soft about
gentle, sympathetic, or lenient towards
feeling affection or infatuation for
in a soft manner: to speak soft
a soft object, part, or piece
(informal) See softie
Old English softe, earlier sefte, “gentle, mild-natured; easeful, comfortable, calm, undisturbed; luxurious,” from West Germanic *samfti, from Proto-Germanic *samftijaz “level, even, smooth, gentle, soft” (cf. Old Saxon safti, Old High German semfti, German sanft; and from a variant form with -ch- for -f-, Middle Dutch sachte, Dutch zacht, German sacht), from root *som- “fitting, agreeable.”
From c.1200 of material things, “not stiff, not coarse, fine; yielding to weight.” From late 14c. of wind, rain, etc. Of sounds, “quiet, not loud,” from early 13c. Of words, “mild, restrained; courteous” mid-14c. From late 14c. as “indulgent,” also “physically feeble; easily overcome, lacking manly courage.” From 1755 of water (“relatively free from mineral salts”), from 1789 of coal. Meaning “foolish, simple, silly” is attested from 1620s; earlier “easily moved or swayed; soft-hearted, sympathetic; docile” (early 13c.). In reference to drinks, “non-alcoholic” from 1880. As an adverb, Old English softe “gently;” late 13c. as “quietly.” As an interjection from 1540s.
Soft landing is from 1958 and the U.S. space program. Adjective soft-core (in reference to pornography) is from 1966 (cf. hardcore). Soft rock as a music style is attested from 1969. Soft sell is from 1955. Soft-shoe as a dancing style is attested from 1927. Soft-boiled is from 1757 of eggs; of persons, ideas, etc., 1930 (cf. half-baked). Soft-focus (adj.) of camera shots is from 1917. The softer sex “women collectively” is from 1640s.
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soft in the head
the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation; obsequies. a funeral procession. of or relating to a funeral: funeral services; funeral expenses. be someone’s funeral, Informal. to have unpleasant consequences for someone: If you don’t finish the work on time, it will be your funeral! Contemporary Examples Another result was a line […]
intoxicated; drunk: We found him besotted with wine. infatuated or obsessed: a besotted mom and her new baby; They had one date and he was utterly besotted. to intoxicate or stupefy with drink. to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition. to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have […]
a simple past tense and past participle of beseech. to implore urgently: They besought him to go at once. to beg eagerly for; solicit. to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail. Historical Examples Mr. Clay went to him and besought him to withdraw the motion; but in vain. Thirty Years’ […]
- Be sought after
to go in search or quest of: to seek the truth. to try to find or discover by searching or questioning: to seek the solution to a problem. to try to obtain: to seek fame. to try or attempt (usually followed by an infinitive): to seek to convince a person. to go to: to seek […]