- 1Easy to mold, cut, compress, or fold; not hard or firm to the touch: soft margarine the ground was soft beneath their feetMore example sentences
- The procedure is carried out in babies in their first six months when the ear is extremely soft and easy to mould and can be successful within just a fortnight.
- So both hard and soft margarines (the latter to a lesser extent) are like saturated fats.
- She hated his kisses because his lips were always cold and soft to the touch, too soft, not firm like Timothy's.
- 1.1Having a smooth surface or texture that is pleasant to touch; not rough or coarse: soft crushed velvet her hair felt very softMore example sentences
- They captured the glossy surfaces of fruit and fish, and the soft textures of velvet and lace.
- Slip on one of her soft, smooth, silky pieces and you'll immediately realize why they're so popular.
- And after all that scrubbing the surface is silky soft and touchy-feely right now.
- 1.2Rounded; not angular: the soft edges of their adobe homeMore example sentences
- One shape should be sharp, angular and synthetic, while the other is soft, rounded and biomorphic.
- Rubbed wood works nicely as does the use of moulding with soft, rounded corners.
- His features where rounded soft, as if baby fat had never been burnt off his figure.
- 2Having a pleasing quality involving a subtle effect or contrast rather than sharp definition: the soft glow of the lamps the moon’s pale light cast soft shadowsMore example sentences
- Contrast is rather soft at times and edge effects are apparent though not distracting.
- Her darkened skin stood in contrast to the soft glow of the dress as she slipped on the impractical shoes and made her way out of the door.
- I marvel at such early perception of the subtle line, the power of an arc, a soft shadow that glows darkly under the skin.
- 2.1(Of a voice or sound) quiet and gentle: they spoke in soft whispersMore example sentences
- He moved out into the hall as her soft voice sounded behind him, even quieter than usual, as if she were talking to only herself.
- The mysterious sounds, the soft voices - I enjoy the silent solitude of the night.
- He was a big man with a soft voice, the sound of the northlands of Roscommon in his western rural accent.
- 2.2(Of rain, wind, or other natural force) not strong or violent: a soft breeze rustled the treesMore example sentences
- Natalie lay on her bed; a soft breeze rustled the fabric curtains and her dirty blonde hair.
- A soft breeze caressed flowers and leaves, sometimes making the branches shiver.
- She stared at the surroundings and a soft breeze started to blow.
- 2.3(Of a consonant) pronounced as a fricative (as c in ice).More example sentences
- Still the dominant phonetic presence is of light vowels and soft consonants.
- The phonics of it - the hard consonant followed by a long vowel and a soft consonant.
- So my conclusion is that as a vocal affectation, Jackson pronounces it with a soft C.
- 2.4(Of a market, currency, or commodity) falling or likely to fall in value.More example sentences
- By this I am indicating that a soft currency may be acceptable for a while - the question is: For how long?
- It was simply too easy to run an inefficient operation, as our lack of competitive systems was simply made good by a soft currency.
- During soft markets, insurers tend to undercut prices for competitive reasons.
- 3Sympathetic, lenient, or compassionate, especially to a degree perceived as excessive; not strict or sufficiently strict: the administration is not becoming soft on crime Julia’s soft heart was touched by his griefMore example sentences
- They have soft hearts and tender souls, but they are not totally naive.
- Do you think that Arafat's coverage has been, over the years, too soft, too sympathetic by the press?
- It's a sweet, soft, very compassionate piece that has a lot of presence and a lot of honesty in it.
- 3.1(Of words or language) not harsh or angry; conciliatory; soothing: he was no good with soft words, gentle phrasesMore example sentences
- Sir Irwin held him down gently, soothing him with soft words and petting him.
- When she spoke, her words were soft and soothing, and calmed him of his nervousness.
- He approaches the alien with his hands up and with soft words, explains to the alien that he means no harm and welcomes the creature.
- 3.2Not strong or robust: soft, out-of-shape executives in a computer companyMore example sentences
- The rep the Spurs have over the years of being a little soft has to fall on the shoulders of Duncan and Robinson.
- Boys were growing soft: too much time with their mothers and their teachers, not enough manly activity.
- They faced famine, and they had grown soft from easy living.
- 3.3 • informal (Of a job or way of life) requiring little effort.More example sentences
- Some men think it's a soft job and they are too butch to do it, but it doesn't have to be like that.
- The price of enjoying such soft work is that it is sometimes accompanied by considerable verbal abuse from the officers.
- The exceptionally bright and capable young man said that he had led a soft life and wanted to be a marine because ‘they're the toughest and most disciplined in the world.’
- 3.4(Of news or other journalism) regarded more as entertainment than as basic news: fashion is regarded as soft newsMore example sentences
- I prefer now to enjoy entertainment or soft news rather than to pay serious attention to serious issues.
- And the news itself should be lighter and more digestible: short cycles, interspersed with a lot of soft news.
- I guess one should not be churlish about soft journalism, it does its bit to spread happiness and light.
- 3.5Willing to compromise in political matters; moderate: candidates ranging from far right to soft leftMore example sentences
- The politics of the Plural Left was soft compromise politics.
- During the 1980s it came complete with its own Militant Tendency, soft left and right wing leadership.
- Overall, we are in the presence of a preReagan Republican - a soft reactionary, not a feisty revolutionary.
- 3.6 • informal Foolish; silly: he must be going soft in the headMore example sentences
- One would have to be soft in the head to vote for someone who is obviously easily manipulated by those around him.
- They think clean air is always more important than cheap housing and treat those who would dare to choose otherwise as soft in the head.
- 4(Of a drink) not alcoholic: all they had was ginger ale and a few other soft drinksMore example sentences
- The expedition is sponsored by Mountain Dew, a soft drink of the beverage company, Pepsi.
- Lines of business range from clothing, knitted fabric, and leather goods, to food, soft beverages, and liquor.
- Food and drink shops led the boom with sales of ice-cream, beer, chilled soft beverages and barbecues all topping the list.
- 4.1(Of a drug) not likely to cause addiction.More example sentences
- Cannabis is a soft drug, softer than tobacco which 11- to 12-year-olds are getting hold of.
- He had this big bag under the kitchen sink containing what was a form of that soft drug cannabis.
- While I was in Oxford doing my Higher Education certificate I came into contact with soft drugs and participated in the taking of them.
- 4.2(Of water) free from mineral salts that make lathering difficult.More example sentences
- Rainwater is naturally soft and free of minerals, chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals.
- Young discus fish should not be kept in very soft water as there aren't the right minerals present for good growth.
- Woollen manufacturers needed cheap, soft water for washing and dyeing; merchants wanted modern docks.
- 4.3(Of radiation) having little penetrating power.More example sentences
- In two high-altitude rocket flights of thin-walled Geiger tubes at geomagnetic latitudes 64° and 74°N, a considerable intensity of soft radiation has been encountered above 50 kilometers altitude.
- Also present is a considerable background of soft radiation, which apparently is also x-radiation of non-solar or terrestrial origin.
- In diagnostic applications, aluminum filters are used to remove the undesirable portion of soft radiation which would be completely absorbed by the human body.
- 4.4(Of a detergent) biodegradable.More example sentences
- With the emphasis being given to the development of biologically soft detergents, it is necessary to establish criteria defining biodegradability of these materials.
- They still go on about 'soft detergent', which might mean something to the US market, but, as far as I'm concerned, is still a detergent and will bind to the fabric.
- The turtle was cleaned with mineral oils and a soft detergent.
- 4.5 (also soft-core) (Of pornography) suggestive or erotic but not explicit.More example sentences
- As Elizabeth Bell points out, the difference between soft-core pornography and hard-core pornography is the difference between simulated and real sex.
- Under the government's definition, the rules encompass both hard-core and soft-core photos and videos as long as there's sexual activity - even if it's solo.
- But we should appreciate that reality TV, particularly, traffics in and relies upon voyeurism, one-upmanship, humiliation and often soft-core pornography.
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- 1Softly: I can just speak soft and she’ll hear meMore example sentences
- They sang as angels soft and gentle and put the audience in the mood for the writers who were to follow.
- There's no doubt in my mind that Christina can sing soft and delicately.
- As he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a kiss and whispered soft and low, "Everything' s going to be all right."
- 1.1In a weak or foolish way: don’t talk softMore example sentences
- But then I think straight back, ‘Don't talk soft, she'd never do that’.
- Now then, girl, you're talking soft, as if Donal would risk losing his job.
- Mitch, don't talk soft. The Eye still has by far and away the best exposes of any magazine.
have a soft spot for
- Be fond of or affectionate toward.More example sentences
- I have noticed that I have a soft spot for psychotic people.
- But when it comes to judging themselves, or judging the groups they have a soft spot for, the standard is very different.
- You've always had a soft spot for Maharaja Janak's eldest.
- An easier alternative: probation should in no sense be seen as a soft option by the judiciaryMore example sentences
- City Manager Eddie Breen pointed out that recycling went hand in hand with the idea of thermal treatment, and ‘it was not the soft option but the final option’.
- I would like to be assured that going into liquidation is not the soft option for directors and an alternative to keeping their own funds in the company.
- People need to be persuaded not only that prison works in its rehabilitating role, but also that the alternatives to jail do likewise and are no soft option.
- (also easy touch) • informal A person who readily gives or does something if asked.More example sentences
- We've shown people we're not a soft touch and that we won't be pushed over by the criticism.
- The bit that still gets to me is the look on her face as she approached me, as though she thought I was a soft touch and I was going to bow down at her feet and beg forgiveness.
- The trouble with caring too much is becoming a soft touch.
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- Mix in 175 ml - 200 ml cold water - enough to make a softish dough.
- But most experts - including David Smith, the Sunday Times economics editor - predict a softish landing.
- The new mix of news, features and interviewers in a softish approach with the ‘cover’ story at the end, changed.
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- Sow softness and tenderness in your love affair as it is bound to ripen into love.
- It sounded like the strength of a thousand swords mixed with the softness of a gentle stream.
- It is hard, barren, dry country drained of colour, warmth and softness.
Old English sōfte 'agreeable, calm, gentle'; related to Dutch zacht and German sanft.