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soft

 
 
pronunciation:
sawft
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, adverb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: softer, softest
definition 1: easily yielding to pressure ; not firm or hard ; pliable.
a soft mattresssoft bread
synonyms:
flabby, flaccid, malleable, penetrable, pliable, tender
antonyms:
crisp, crusty, firm, hard, stony, unyielding
similar words:
crumbly, ductile, elastic, fleshy, flexible, fragile, limp, mushy, plastic, pliant, resilient, spongy, squashy, supple, yielding
definition 2: smooth and pleasing to touch.
her soft hands
synonyms:
delicate, silken, velvet
antonyms:
rough
similar words:
downy, fleecy, plush, satiny, silky, sleek, smooth, tender
definition 3: not strong or glaring; subdued.
soft colors
synonyms:
muted, subdued, subtle
antonyms:
bright, glaring, harsh
similar words:
delicate, diffuse, dim, faint, feeble, gentle, mellow, mild, neutral, pale, pastel, quiet, tranquil, weak
definition 4: quiet or low in tone and volume.
soft music
synonyms:
low, muted, quiet, subdued
antonyms:
harsh, loud, raucous, stentorian, strident
similar words:
faint, feeble, gentle, hushed, light, mellow, subtle, weak
definition 5: not strict; lenient.
a soft teacher
synonyms:
easy, indulgent, lax, lenient
antonyms:
hard, stern, strict, unyielding
similar words:
clement, flexible, liberal, loose, permissive, pliable, sympathetic, tolerant
definition 6: not severe; light.
a soft punishment
synonyms:
gentle, light, mild
antonyms:
hard, harsh, strong, tough
similar words:
benign, compassionate, easy, lax, moderate, pliant, slack, slight
definition 7: (informal) not difficult, as a job.
synonyms:
easy, effortless
similar words:
comfortable, plush, simple
definition 8: easily swayed or manipulated.
He's too soft for the business world.
synonyms:
flexible, pliable, pliant, spineless
antonyms:
firm, tough, uncompromising, unyielding
similar words:
compliant, docile, easy, gutless, irresolute, malleable, meek, namby-pamby, submissive, tractable, unsure, weak-kneed, wishy-washy, yielding
definition 9: in poor shape for strenuous physical activity.
The new recruits were soft.
synonyms:
unfit
antonyms:
fit, tough
similar words:
delicate, effeminate, fat, feeble, flabby, fragile, frail, weak
definition 10: of water, fairly free of mineral salts.
antonyms:
hard
definition 11: See soft drink.
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part of speech: noun
definition: something that is soft.
 
part of speech: adverb
inflections: softer, softest
definition: in a soft manner; gently.
He let me down soft.
synonyms:
delicately, gently
antonyms:
hard
similar words:
easily, tenderly
derivations: softly (adv.), softness (n.)
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  • softly:
    in a soft way.
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