A soft fabric; soft fur.
An example of something that would be described as soft is a feather pillow.
A soft target.
A soft job.
Got soft sitting at a desk all day.
A soft breeze.
A soft right.
A soft, underhand toss.
Solar power is a soft energy source.
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.
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.
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.
The soft outline of the snow-covered hill.
Soft charcoal shading; a scene filmed in soft focus.
Limited the discussion to soft topics.
The lawyer downplayed the soft evidence.
- To treat gently.
- To feel affectionate or amorous toward.
- Stupid or foolish.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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 sÅfte, alteration of earlier sÄ“fte (“soft, gentle, easy, comfortable"), from Proto-Germanic *samftijaz (“level, even, smooth, soft, gentle"), from *sÅmiz (“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.