(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 sÅÃ¾ian (“to verify, prove, confirm, bear witness to"), from Proto-Germanic *sanÃ¾ÅnÄ… (“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?] (suthjÅn, “to soothe"). See also sooth.