Gentle meaning

jĕntl
Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender.
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To soothe, as by stroking; pacify.
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To make less severe or intense.

The peaceful sunset gentled her dreadful mood.

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(obsolete) To raise to the status of a noble.
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One of good birth or relatively high station.
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Belonging to the upper classes or polite society.
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Like or suitable to polite society; refined, courteous, etc.
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(archaic) Noble; chivalrous.

A gentle knight.

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To tame or break (a horse).
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Not steep or sudden; gradual.

A gentle incline.

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Generous; kind.

Gentle reader.

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Easily handled; tame.

A gentle dog.

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Kindly; serene; patient.

A gentle disposition.

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Not violent, harsh, or rough.

A gentle tap, a gentle rebuke.

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Gradual.

A gentle slope.

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(archaic) A person of the upper classes.
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To tame or train (a horse or other animal)
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To calm or soothe as by stroking.
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(obs.) To raise to the social status of a gentleman.
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Stuart is a gentle man; he would never hurt you.

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Soft and mild rather than hard or severe.

I felt something touch my shoulder; it was gentle and a little slimy.

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Docile and easily managed.

We had a gentle swim in the lake.

A gentle horse.

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Gradual rather than steep or sudden.

The walks in this area have a gentle incline.

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Polite and respectful rather than rude.

He gave me a gentle reminder that we had to hurry up.

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(archaic) Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
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(intransitive) To become gentle.
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(animal husbandry) To break; to tame; to domesticate.
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To soothe; to calm.
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(archaic) A person of high birth.
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(archaic) A maggot used as bait by anglers.
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A trained falcon, or falcon-gentil.
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The definition of gentle is someone with or something done with a calm, soothing and tender manner.

An example of gentle is a mother bathing her newborn baby.

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Not harsh or severe; mild and soft.

A gentle scolding; a gentle tapping at the window.

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Easily managed or handled; docile.

A gentle horse.

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(archaic) Noble; chivalrous.

A gentle knight.

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To make gentle, mild, or pleasant.
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the gentle craft
  • fishing
  • shoemaking
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the gentle craft

Origin of gentle

  • Middle English gentil courteous, noble from Old French from Latin gentīlis of the same clan from gēns gent- clan genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gentil (“courteous, noble”), from Old French gentil (“high-born, noble”), from Latin gentilis (“of the same family or clan”), from gens (“[Roman] clan”)

    From Wiktionary