See also: -soft

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English softe (soft, easy, gentle, yielding), from Old English sōfte, alteration of earlier sēfte (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 sœmr (agreeable, fitting), Old Norse samr (same). More at seem, same.

AdjectiveEdit

soft (comparative softer, superlative softest)

  1. Easily giving way under pressure.
    My head sank easily into the soft pillow.
  2. (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
    • Bible, Matt. xi. 8
      They that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
  3. Gentle.
    There was a soft breeze blowing.
    • Shakespeare
      I would to God my heart were flint, like Edward's; / Or Edward's soft and pitiful, like mine.
    • Tyndale
      The meek or soft shall inherit the earth.
  4. Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.
    soft eyes
    • Bible, Proverbs xv. 1
      A soft answer turneth away wrath.
    • Wordsworth
      A face with gladness overspread, / Soft smiles, by human kindness bred.
  5. Gentle in action or motion; easy.
    • Milton
      On her soft axle, white she paces even, / And bears thee soft with the smooth air along.
  6. Weak in character; impressible.
    • Glanvill
      The deceiver soon found this soft place of Adam's.
  7. Requiring little or no effort; easy.
    a soft job
  8. Not bright or intense.
    soft lighting
  9. (of a road intersection) Having an acute angle.
    At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the soft left.
  10. (of a sound) Quiet.
    I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.
    • Shakespeare
      Her voice was ever soft, / Gentle, and low, — an excellent thing in woman.
  11. (linguistics) voiced, sonant
    DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes. — The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  12. (linguistics, rare) voiceless
  13. (linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized
  14. (slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.
    When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.
  15. (of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
    You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.
  16. (UK, colloquial) Foolish.
    • Burton
      He made soft fellows stark noddies, and such as were foolish quite mad.
  17. (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)
  18. (of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.
  19. Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.
    The admin imposed a soft block/ban on the user or a soft lock on the article.
  20. (UK, of a man) Effeminate.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      A longing after sensual pleasures is a dissolution of the spirit of a man, and makes it loose, soft, and wandering.
  21. Agreeable to the senses.
    a soft liniment
    soft wines
    • Milton
      the soft, delicious air
  22. 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
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      The sun, shining upon the upper part of the clouds [] made the softest lights imaginable.

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InterjectionEdit

soft

  1. (archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
    • Shakespeare
      Soft, you; a word or two before you go.
      But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

AdverbEdit

soft (comparative more soft, superlative most soft)

  1. (obsolete) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
    • Spenser
      A knight soft riding toward them.

NounEdit

soft (plural softs)

  1. A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of George Eliot to this entry?)

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From English soft

NounEdit

soft m (plural softs)

  1. (sexuality) soft porn
  2. (computing, uncountable) Software.
  3. (computing, countable) A piece of software.

AdjectiveEdit

soft (masculine and feminine, plural softs)

  1. softcore (pornography)

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English

AdjectiveEdit

soft (invariable)

  1. soft (tone etc; temporary (computing))
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