- Soothe is defined as to calm or relieve.
An example of to soothe is to rock a crying baby to sleep.
transitive verbsoothed, soothing
- to make calm or composed, as by gentle treatment, flattery, etc.; appease; mollify
- to allay or relieve (pain, an ache, etc.); assuage
Origin of sootheMiddle English sothen ; from Old English sothian, to bear witness to, prove true ; from soth: see sooth
verbsoothed soothed, sooth·ing, soothes
- To calm or placate (a person, for example).
- To ease or relieve (pain, for example).
Origin of sootheMiddle English sothen, to verify, from Old English sōthian, from sōth, true; see es- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present soothes, present participle soothing, simple past and past participle soothed)
- To keep in good humour; wheedle; cajole; flatter.
- To restore to ease, comfort, or tranquility; relieve; calm; quiet; refresh.
- To allay; assuage; mitigate; soften.
- (rare) To smooth over; render less obnoxious.
- To calm or placate someone or some situation.
- To ease or relieve pain or suffering.
- (intransitive) To temporise by assent, concession, flattery, or cajolery.
- (intransitive) To bring comfort or relief.
From Middle English sothen (“to verify, prove the validity of”), from Old English sōþian (“to verify, prove, confirm, bear witness to”), from Proto-Germanic *sanþōną (“to prove, certify, acknowledge, testify”), from Proto-Indo-European *sont-, *sent- (“being, true”). Cognate with Danish sande (“to verify”), Swedish sanna (“to verify”), Icelandic sanna (“to verify”), Gothic [script?] (suthjan), [script?] (suthjōn, “to soothe”). See also sooth.