- to treat gently
- to feel affectionate or amorous toward
- stupid or foolish
Other Word Forms of Soft
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Soft
- be soft on
- soft in the head
Origin of Soft
From Middle English softe (“soft, easy, gentle, yielding"), from Old English sōfte, alteration of earlier sÄ“fte (“soft, gentle, easy, comfortable"), from Proto-Germanic *samftijaz (“level, even, smooth, soft, gentle"), from *sōmiz (“agreeable, fitting"), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one, whole"). Cognate with Dutch zacht (“soft"), German sanft (“soft, yielding"), Old Norse sÅ“mr (“agreeable, fitting"), Old Norse samr (“same"). More at seem, same.
Middle English pleasant, calm from Old English sōfte
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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