Soft definition

sôft, sŏft
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Having in solution few or none of the mineral salts that interfere with the lathering and cleansing properties of soap.
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Mild, gentle, or temperate, as a breeze, the weather, climate, etc.
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Out of condition; flabby.

Got soft sitting at a desk all day.

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Smooth or fine to the touch; not rough, harsh, or coarse.
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Nonalcoholic.
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Softly; gently; quietly.
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Something soft.
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Be quiet; hush.
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Being a turn in a specific direction at an angle less acute than other possible routes.

A soft right.

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Easily cut, marked, shaped, or worn away, as pine wood or pure gold.
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Not hard for its kind; not as hard as is normal, desirable, etc.

Soft butter.

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Softcore.
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Slow up; stop.
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Replenished by nature, or capable of being used with relatively little damage to the natural environment.

Solar power is a soft energy source.

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Giving way easily under pressure, as a feather pillow or moist clay.
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The definition of soft is something that is pleasant to touch and is easy to mold, shape, change or compress, soft can also be used to describe someone or something that is calm and gentle.

An example of something that would be described as soft is a feather pillow.

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Of or relating to a paper currency as distinct from a hard currency backed by gold.
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Having low dissolved mineral content.

Soft water.

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Having a low or lower power of penetration.

Soft x-rays.

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Unprotected against or vulnerable to attack.

A soft target.

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Yielding readily to pressure or weight.

A soft melon; a soft pillow.

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Easily molded, cut, or worked.

Soft wood.

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(sports) Not tense and therefore capable of absorbing the impact of a ball or puck and of catching, receiving, or controlling it.

A receiver with soft hands.

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Not loud, harsh, or irritating.

A soft voice.

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Not brilliant or glaring; subdued.

Soft colors.

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Tender or affectionate.

A soft glance.

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Attracted or emotionally involved.

He has been soft on her for years.

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Not stern; lenient.

A coach who was soft on his players.

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Lacking strength of character; weak.

Too soft for the pressure of being a spy.

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(informal) Simple-minded or foolish.

He's soft in the head.

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Not demanding or difficult; easy.

A soft job.

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Based on conciliation or compromise.

Took a soft line toward their opponents.

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Gradually declining in trend; not firm.

A soft economy; a soft computer market.

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(sports) Scored on a shot that the goalie should have blocked.

A soft goal.

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Nonalcoholic.
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Nonaddictive or mildly addictive. Used of certain drugs.
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Sibilant rather than guttural, as c in certain and g in gem.
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Voiced and weakly articulated.

A soft consonant.

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Palatalized, as certain consonants in Slavic languages.
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Not bright, intense, or glaring; subdued.
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Showing little contrast or distinctness; not sharp in lines, tones, focus, etc., as a photograph.
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Gentle; low; not loud or harsh.
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Based on data from interviews, surveys, etc., rather than from controlled, repeatable experiments.

Soft evidence.

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Designating news reports concerned with relatively trivial or less serious subjects or events.
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(mil.) Above ground and vulnerable.
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(radiology) Of low penetrating power.
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Bland; not acid, sour, or sharp.
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Easy to digest because free from roughage.
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Weak or delicate; not strong or vigorous; esp., not able to endure hardship, as because of easy living.
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Having flabby muscles.
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Kind or gentle, esp. to the point of weakness; lenient or compassionate.
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Easily impressed, influenced, or imposed upon.
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Unstable and declining.
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Not readily accepted as foreign exchange.
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Having very favorable terms.
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Designating c sounded as in voice or g sounded as in age.
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Voiced.
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Palatalized, as certain consonants in Slavic languages are.
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Easily giving way under pressure.

My head sank easily into the soft pillow.

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(of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.

Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.

Soft silk; a soft skin.

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Gentle.

There was a soft breeze blowing.

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Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.

Soft eyes.

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Gentle in action or motion; easy.
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Weak in character; impressible.
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Requiring little or no effort; easy.

A soft job.

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Not bright or intense.

Soft lighting.

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(of a road intersection) Having an acute angle.

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

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(of a sound) Quiet.

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

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(linguistics) Voiced, sonant.

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

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(linguistics, rare) Voiceless.
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(linguistics, Slavic languages) Palatalized.
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(slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.

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

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(of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.

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

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(UK, colloquial) Foolish.
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(physics) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard)
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(of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.
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Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.

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

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(UK, of a man) Effeminate.
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Agreeable to the senses.

A soft liniment.

Soft wines.

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Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.

Soft colours.

The soft outline of the snow-covered hill.

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(archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
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(obsolete) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
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A soft or foolish person; an idiot.

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Formerly commonly used in the names of software houses.
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Smooth or fine to the touch.

A soft fabric; soft fur.

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Not sharply drawn or delineated.

Soft charcoal shading; a scene filmed in soft focus.

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Mild; balmy.

A soft breeze.

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Informal and entertaining without confronting difficult issues or hard facts.

Limited the discussion to soft topics.

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Using or based on data that is not readily quantifiable or amenable to experimental verification or refutation.

The lawyer downplayed the soft evidence.

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Requiring little effort; easy.

A soft job.

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Showing, or done with, little force or strength.

A soft, underhand toss.

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In a soft manner; gently.
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be soft on
  • to treat gently
  • to feel affectionate or amorous toward
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soft in the head
  • stupid or foolish
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
soft
Comparative:
softer
Superlative:
softest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be soft on
soft in the head

Origin of soft

  • Middle English pleasant, calm from Old English sōfte

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary