gentle Definition

  • 1having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character
  • 2not harsh or violent
  • 3soft or delicate

Using gentle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "gentle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She spoke in a gentle voice.

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    He has a gentle nature and is always willing to help.

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    The gentle breeze blew through the trees.

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    She gave the dog a gentle pat on the head.

gentle Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with gentle

  • a person who is physically large and imposing but has a kind and gentle nature


    Despite his size, he was known as a gentle giant among his friends.

  • a polite and subtle way of reminding someone about something


    This is just a gentle reminder that the report is due tomorrow.

  • a gradual incline or decline


    The hiking trail had a gentle slope, making it easy for beginners.

Origins of gentle

from Old French 'gentil', meaning 'noble'


Summary: gentle in Brief

The term 'gentle' [ˈdʒɛntl] describes a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character, and can also refer to things that are not harsh or violent, such as a gentle breeze. It can be used in phrases like 'gentle giant,' referring to a person who is physically large but has a kind nature, and 'gentle reminder,' which is a polite way of reminding someone about something.

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