1. soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
- a gentle reprimand
- a vein of gentle irony
- poked gentle fun at him
2. having or showing a kindly or tender nature
- the gentle touch of her hand
- her gentle manner was comforting
- a gentle sensitive nature
Similar word(s): kind
3. quiet and soothing
- a gentle voice
- a gentle nocturne
Similar word(s): soft
4. belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
- of gentle blood
5. easily handled or managed
- a gentle old horse, docile and obedient
6. having little impact
- gentle rain
- a gentle breeze
7. marked by moderate steepness
- a gentle slope
Sentences with gentle as an adjective:
- Stuart is a gentle man; he would never hurt you.
- I felt something touch my shoulder; it was gentle and a little slimy.
- We had a gentle swim in the lake.
- a gentle horse
- The walks in this area have a gentle incline.
- He gave me a gentle reminder that we had to hurry up.
1. (archaic) A person of high birth.
2. (archaic) A maggot used as bait by anglers
3. A trained falcon, or falcon-gentil.
1. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
2. give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
3. stroke soothingly