WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
gen•tle /ˈdʒɛntəl/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -tler, -tlest. 
  1. kindly; amiable;
    calm:She had a soothing, gentle manner.
  2. not severe, rough, or violent;
    light:a gentle tap on the arm.
  3. moderate:gentle heat.
  4. not steep;
    gradual:a gentle slope.
  5. easily handled or managed:a gentle animal.
  6. soft or low:a gentle sound.
gen•tle•ness, n. [uncountable]
gen•tly /ˈdʒɛntli/USA pronunciation  adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
gen•tle  ( jentl),USA pronunciation adj.,  -tler, -tlest, v.,  -tled, -tling. 
  1. kindly;
    amiable:a gentle manner.
  2. not severe, rough, or violent;
    mild:a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.
  3. moderate:gentle heat.
  4. gradual:a gentle slope.
  5. of good birth or family;
  6. characteristic of good birth;
    respectable:a gentle upbringing.
  7. easily handled or managed;
    tractable:a gentle animal.
  8. soft or low:a gentle sound.
  9. polite;
    refined:Consider, gentle reader, my terrible predicament at this juncture.
  10. entitled to a coat of arms;
  11. [Archaic.]noble;
    chivalrous:a gentle knight.

  1. to tame;
    render tractable.
  2. to mollify;
  3. to make gentle.
  4. to stroke;
    soothe by petting.
  5. to ennoble;
gentle•ness, n. 
gently, adv. 
  • Latin gentīlis belonging to the same family, equivalent. to gent- (stem of gēns) gens + -īlis -le
  • Old French gentil highborn, noble
  • Middle English gentle, gentil(e) 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged clement, peaceful, pacific, soothing;
      tender, humane, lenient, merciful.
      Gentle, meek, mild refer to an absence of bad temper or belligerence.
      Gentle has reference esp. to disposition and behavior, and often suggests a deliberate or voluntary kindness or forbearance in dealing with others:a gentle pat; gentle with children.Meek implies a submissive spirit, and may even indicate undue submission in the face of insult or injustice:meek and even servile or weak.Mild suggests absence of harshness or severity, rather because of natural character or temperament than conscious choice:a mild rebuke; a mild manner.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged temperate.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged noble.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged manageable, docile, tame, quiet.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged courteous;
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged harsh, cruel.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged violent, sudden.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wild, unruly.

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ˈgentleness /ˈdʒɛntəlnɪs/ n
  1. the quality of being gentle
  2. a property of elementary particles, conserved in certain strong interactions
    See also charm

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