1. [ adjective ] soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

"a gentle reprimand" "a vein of gentle irony" "poked gentle fun at him"

Related terms: mild
2. [ adjective ] having or showing a kindly or tender nature

"the gentle touch of her hand" "her gentle manner was comforting" "a gentle sensitive nature" "gentle blue eyes"

Related terms: kind
3. [ adjective ] quiet and soothing

"a gentle voice" "a gentle nocturne"

Related terms: soft
4. [ verb ] cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
Synonyms: pacify appease mollify conciliate gruntle assuage placate lenify

"She managed to mollify her angry boss"

Related terms: calm peace peace appeaser conciliation placation comforter
5. [ adjective ] belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
Synonyms: aristocratic blue-blooded blue patrician aristocratical

"an aristocratic family" "aristocratic Bostonians" "aristocratic government" "blue blood" "the blue-blooded aristocracy" "of gentle blood" "aristocratic bearing" "patrician tastes"

Related terms: noble
6. [ adjective ] having little impact
Synonyms: easy soft

"an easy pat on the shoulder" "gentle rain" "a gentle breeze" "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"

Related terms: light
7. [ adjective ] marked by moderate steepness
Synonyms: easy

"an easy climb" "a gentle slope"

Related terms: gradual
8. [ verb ] give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
Synonyms: entitle ennoble
Related terms: promote knight dub baronetise lord ennoblement
9. [ adjective ] easily handled or managed
Synonyms: docile

"a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"

Related terms: tame
10. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 10354
11. [ verb ] stroke soothingly
Related terms: pet
Similar spelling:   gentleman