(noun, adjective, adverb, interjection)


1. yielding readily to pressure or weight

Similar word(s): brushed, fleecy, napped, cheeselike, compressible, squeezable, cottony, cushioned, cushiony, padded, demulcent, emollient, salving, softening, downlike, downy, flossy, fluffy, flaccid, flocculent, woolly, wooly, yielding, mushy, overstuffed, semisoft, softish, spongelike, spongy, squashy, squishy, velvet, velvety

2. compassionate and kind; conciliatory

- he was soft on his children

Similar word(s): mellow, mellowed, tender, warmhearted

3. (of sound) relatively low in volume

- soft voices

- soft music

Similar word(s): dull, muffled, muted, softened, euphonious, gentle, hushed, quiet, subdued, little, small, low, murmuring, susurrant, whispering, murmurous, rustling, soughing, susurrous, quiet

4. easily hurt

- soft hands

Similar word(s): tender, untoughened, delicate

5. produced with vibration of the vocal cords

Similar word(s): sonant, voiced

6. not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)

- soft targets

7. (used chiefly as a direction or description in music) soft; in a quiet, subdued tone

Similar word(s): pianissimo, piano

8. (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected

Similar word(s): diffuse, diffused

9. (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')

Similar word(s): continuant, fricative, sibilant, spirant, strident, palatal, palatalised, palatalized

10. (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value

- the market for computers is soft

Similar word(s): falling

11. using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation

- soft data

- the soft sciences

Similar word(s): qualitative

12. tolerant or lenient

- too soft on the children

- they are soft on crime

Similar word(s): permissive, indulgent

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

Similar word(s): mild, gentle

14. having little impact

- a soft (or light) tapping at the window

Similar word(s): light, easy, gentle

15. out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance

- he was too soft for the army

Similar word(s): unfit, flabby, flaccid

16. willing to negotiate and compromise

Similar word(s): conciliative, conciliatory

17. not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship

- a soft job

Similar word(s): easy, cushy, easygoing

18. mild and pleasant

- a soft breeze

Similar word(s): clement, balmy, mild

19. not brilliant or glaring

- the moon cast soft shadows

- soft pastel colors

Similar word(s): dull, subdued

Sentences with soft as an adjective:

- My head sank easily into the soft pillow.

- Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.

- soft silk; a soft skin

- There was a soft breeze blowing.

- soft eyes

- soft lighting

- At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the soft left.

- I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.

- DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes. — The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

- When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.

- You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.

- The admin imposed a soft block/ban on the user or a soft lock on the article.

- a soft liniment

- soft wines

- soft colours

- the soft outline of the snow-covered hill


1. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship

Similar word(s): easy


1. (archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.


1. A soft or foolish person; an idiot.