adjective, tenderer, tenderest.
soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough:
a tender steak.
weak or delicate in constitution; not strong or hardy.
(of plants) unable to withstand freezing temperatures.
young or immature:
children of tender age.
delicate or soft in quality:
delicate, soft, or gentle:
the tender touch of her hand.
easily moved to sympathy or compassion; kind:
a tender heart.
affectionate or loving; sentimental or amatory:
a tender glance.
considerate or careful; chary or reluctant (usually followed by of).
acutely or painfully sensitive:
a tender bruise.
easily distressed; readily made uneasy:
a tender conscience.
yielding readily to force or pressure; easily broken; fragile.
of a delicate or ticklish nature; requiring careful or tactful handling:
a tender subject.
Nautical. crank2 (def 1).
verb (used with object)
to make tender.
Archaic. to regard or treat tenderly.
easily broken, cut, or crushed; soft; not tough: a tender steak
easily damaged; vulnerable or sensitive: a tender youth, at a tender age
having or expressing warm and affectionate feelings: a tender smile
kind, merciful, or sympathetic: a tender heart
arousing warm feelings; touching: a tender memory
gentle and delicate: a tender breeze
requiring care in handling; ticklish: a tender question
painful or sore: a tender wound
sensitive to moral or spiritual feelings: a tender conscience
(postpositive) foll by of. careful or protective: tender of one’s emotions
(of a sailing vessel) easily keeled over by a wind; crank Compare stiff (sense 10)
to make tender
to treat tenderly
(transitive) to give, present, or offer: to tender one’s resignation, tender a bid
(intransitive) foll by for. to make a formal offer or estimate for (a job or contract)
(transitive) (law) to offer (money or goods) in settlement of a debt or claim
the act or an instance of tendering; offer
(commerce) a formal offer to supply specified goods or services at a stated cost or rate
something, esp money, used as an official medium of payment: legal tender
a small boat, such as a dinghy, towed or carried by a yacht or ship
a vehicle drawn behind a steam locomotive to carry the fuel and water
an ancillary vehicle used to carry supplies, spare parts, etc, for a mobile operation, such as an outside broadcast
a person who tends
tender ten·der (těn’dər)
adj. ten·der·er, ten·der·est
Easily crushed or bruised; fragile.
Easily hurt; sensitive.
see: leave to someone’s tender mercies
noun, plural tenderfoots, tenderfeet [ten-der-feet] /ˈtɛn dərˌfit/ (Show IPA) 1. a raw, inexperienced person; novice. 2. a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S., unused to hardships. 3. one in the lowest rank of the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of America. noun (pl) -foots, -feet 1. a newcomer, […]
verb (used with object) 1. to present formally for acceptance; make formal offer of: to tender one’s resignation. 2. to offer or proffer. 3. Law. to offer, as money or goods, in payment of a debt or other obligation, especially in exact accordance with the terms of the law and of the obligation. verb (used […]
[ten-der-hahr-tid] /ˈtɛn dərˈhɑr tɪd/ adjective 1. soft-hearted; sympathetic. tenderhearted /ˌtɛndəˈhɑːtɪd/ adjective 1. having a compassionate, kindly, or sensitive disposition
[ten-der-hahr-tid] /ˈtɛn dərˈhɑr tɪd/ adjective 1. soft-hearted; sympathetic.