1. [ adjective ] lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively
Related terms: hard spongelike spongy flocculent cushioned demulcent downy cottony cheeselike mushy yielding brushed softish overstuffed velvet flabby compressible hardness
2. [ adjective ] metaphorically soft

"my father is a soft touch" "soft light" "a soft rain" "a soft Southern drawl" "soft brown eyes" "a soft glance"

Related terms: hard coddled liquid effeminate diffused compliant euphonious mellow easy easy kind tender merciful warmhearted
3. [ adjective ] of sound; relatively low in volume

"soft voices" "soft music" "

Related terms: loud low dull little hushed gentle soft-spoken soft-spoken soft-footed soft-footed murmurous murmuring quiet volume
4. [ adjective ] easily hurt
Synonyms: delicate

"soft hands" "a baby's delicate skin"

Related terms: tender
5. [ adverb ] (informal) in a relaxed manner; or without hardship
Synonyms: easy

"just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard)

Related terms: colloquialism easy cushy cushy
6. [ adjective ] (music) used chiefly as a direction or description in music
Synonyms: piano

"the piano passages in the composition"

Related terms: forte pianissimo_assai pianissimo
7. [ adjective ] used of beverages; not containing alcohol
Synonyms: nonalcoholic

"nonalcoholic beverages" "soft drinks"

Related terms: alcoholic
8. [ adjective ] tolerant or lenient
Synonyms: indulgent lenient lax

"indulgent parents risk spoiling their children" "procedures are lax and discipline is weak" "too soft on the children"

Related terms: permissive
9. [ adjective ] of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')
Related terms: hard palatal palatal fricative
10. [ adjective ] having little impact
Synonyms: easy gentle

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

Related terms: light
11. [ adjective ] (informal) not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship
Synonyms: cushy

"what a cushy job!" "a soft job"

Related terms: colloquialism easy
Similar spelling:   softy