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Meaning of SOFT

Pronunciation:  soft

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  1. [adv]  (informal) in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard)
  2. [adj]  (informal) not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; "what a cushy job!"; "a soft job"
  3. [adj]  lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively
  4. [adj]  metaphorically soft; "my father is a soft touch"; "soft light"; "a soft rain"; "a soft Southern drawl"; "soft brown eyes"; "a soft glance"
  5. [adj]  of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')
  6. [adj]  used of beverages; not containing alcohol; "nonalcoholic beverages"; "soft drinks"
  7. [adj]  having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"
  8. [adj]  of sound; relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
  9. [adj]  used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition"
  10. [adj]  tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "procedures are lax and discipline is weak"; "too soft on the children"
  11. [adj]  easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin"

SOFT is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: brushed, cheeselike, coddled, compliant, compressible, cottony, cushioned, cushiony, cushy, delicate, demulcent, diffused, downlike, downy, dull, easy, easy, effeminate, emollient, euphonious, flabby, flaccid, fleecy, flocculent, flossy, fluffy, fricative, gentle, hushed, indulgent, lax, lenient, light, liquid, little, low, low-toned, mellow, mellowing, muffled, murmuring, murmurous, mushy, muted, napped, nonalcoholic, overstuffed, padded, palatal, palatalised, palatalized, pampered, permissive, pianissimo, pianissimo assai, piano, rustling, salving, semisoft, sibilant, small, softened, softening, soft-footed, softish, soft-spoken, soughing, spirant, spoiled, spongelike, spongy, squashy, squeezable, squishy, subdued, susurrant, susurrous, untoughened, velvet, velvety, weak, whispering, woolly, wooly, yielding
 Antonyms: alcoholic, forte, hard, loud
 See Also: kind, merciful, quiet, tender, warmhearted



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Soft\, a. [Compar. {Softer}; superl. {Softest}.] [OE.
    softe, AS. s?fte, properly adv. of s?fte, adj.; akin to OS.
    s[=a]fto, adv., D. zacht, OHG. samfto, adv., semfti, adj., G.
    sanft, LG. sacht; of uncertain origin.]
    1. Easily yielding to pressure; easily impressed, molded, or
       cut; not firm in resisting; impressible; yielding; also,
       malleable; -- opposed to {hard}; as, a soft bed; a soft
       peach; soft earth; soft wood or metal.
    2. Not rough, rugged, or harsh to the touch; smooth;
       delicate; fine; as, soft silk; a soft skin.
             They that wear soft clothing are in king's houses.
                                                   --Matt. xi. 8.
    3. Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating
       to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines. ``The
       soft, delicious air.'' --Milton.
    4. Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring; pleasing
       to the eye; not exciting by intensity of color or violent
       contrast; as, soft hues or tints.
             The sun, shining upon the upper part of the clouds .
             . . made the softest lights imaginable. --Sir T.
    5. Not harsh or rough in sound; gentle and pleasing to the
       ear; flowing; as, soft whispers of music.
             Her voice was ever soft, Gentle, and low, -- an
             excellent thing in woman.             --Shak.
             Soft were my numbers; who could take offense?
    6. Easily yielding; susceptible to influence; flexible;
       gentle; kind.
             I would to God my heart were flint, like Edward's;
             Or Edward's soft and pitiful, like mine. --Shak.
             The meek or soft shall inherit the earth. --Tyndale.
    7. Expressing gentleness, tenderness, or the like; mild;
       conciliatory; courteous; kind; as, soft eyes.
             A soft answer turneth away wrath.     --Prov. xv. 1.
             A face with gladness overspread, Soft smiles, by
             human kindness bred.                  --Wordsworth.
    8. Effeminate; not courageous or manly, weak.
             A longing after sensual pleasures is a dissolution
             of the spirit of a man, and makes it loose, soft,
             and wandering.                        --Jer. Taylor.
    9. Gentle in action or motion; easy.
             On her soft axle, white she paces even, And bears
             thee soft with the smooth air along.  --Milton.
    10. Weak in character; impressible.
              The deceiver soon found this soft place of Adam's.
    11. Somewhat weak in intellect. [Colloq.]
              He made soft fellows stark noddies, and such as
              were foolish quite mad.              --Burton.
    12. Quiet; undisturbed; paceful; as, soft slumbers.
    13. Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not
        angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines.
    14. Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap;
        as, soft water is the best for washing.
    15. (Phonetics)
        (a) Applied to a palatal, a sibilant, or a dental
            consonant (as g in gem, c in cent, etc.) as
            distinguished from a guttural mute (as g in go, c in
            cone, etc.); -- opposed to {hard}.
        (b) Belonging to the class of sonant elements as
            distinguished from the surd, and considered as
            involving less force in utterance; as, b, d, g, z, v,
            etc., in contrast with p, t, k, s, f, etc.
    {Soft clam} (Zo["o]l.), the common or long clam ({Mya
       arenaria}). See {Mya}.
    {Soft coal}, bituminous coal, as distinguished from
       anthracite, or hard, coal.
    {Soft crab} (Zo["o]l.), any crab which has recently shed its
    {Soft dorsal} (Zo["o]l.), the posterior part of the dorsal
       fin of fishes when supported by soft rays.
    {Soft grass}. (Bot.) See {Velvet grass}.
    {Soft money}, paper money, as distinguished from coin, or
       hard money. [Colloq. U.S.]
    {Soft mute}. (Phonetics) See {Media}.
    {Soft palate}. See the Note under {Palate}.
    {Soft ray} (Zo["o]l.), a fin ray which is articulated and
       usually branched.
    {Soft soap}. See under {Soap}.
    {Soft-tack}, leavened bread, as distinguished from
       {hard-tack}, or {ship bread}.
    {Soft tortoise} (Zo["o]l.), any river tortoise of the genus
       Trionyx. See {Trionyx}.
  2. \Soft\, n.
    A soft or foolish person; an idiot. [Colloq.] --G. Eliot.
  3. \Soft\, adv.
    Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
          A knight soft riding toward them.        --Spenser.
  4. \Soft\, interj.
    Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
       Soft, you; a word or two before you go.     --Shak.