Also, TLC. Solicitous and compassionate care, as in These houseplants sure have had tender loving care, or Older house for sale, needs some renovation and TLC. Originally used to describe the work of care-givers such as nurses, this term today is often used ironically or euphemistically. [ Second half of 1900s ]
adjective, tenderer, tenderest. 1. soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough: a tender steak. 2. weak or delicate in constitution; not strong or hardy. 3. (of plants) unable to withstand freezing temperatures. 4. young or immature: children of tender age. 5. delicate or soft in quality: tender blue. 6. delicate, soft, or gentle: […]
noun, plural tendermen. Canadian Fishery. 1. any member of the crew of a vessel engaged in conveying fish from a trap or pound to the shore.
- Tender mercies
see: leave to someone’s tender mercies
[ten-der-mahyn-did] /ˈtɛn dərˈmaɪn dɪd/ adjective 1. compassionate and idealistic.