(noun, adjective, verb)


1. soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

- a gentle reprimand

- a vein of gentle irony

- poked gentle fun at him

Similar word(s): mild, soft

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

Similar word(s): noble, aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, patrician

5. easily handled or managed

- a gentle old horse, docile and obedient

Similar word(s): tame, tamed, docile

6. having little impact

- gentle rain

- a gentle breeze

Similar word(s): light, easy, soft

7. marked by moderate steepness

- a gentle slope

Similar word(s): gradual, easy

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

Similar word(s): appease, assuage, conciliate, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate

Definition categories: emotion, calm, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

2. give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility

Similar word(s): ennoble, entitle

Definition categories: social, advance, elevate, promote, raise, upgrade

3. stroke soothingly

Definition categories: contact, pet