Definition of softly in English:


Syllabification: soft·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsôf(t)lē


  • 1In a quiet voice or manner: “Can’t you sleep?” she asked softly the door opened softly
  • 1.1With a gentle or slow movement: he touched her cheek softly
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    • She reached up with her hand and cupped my cheek, pressing her palm softly against my face.
    • My eyes clouded over, and I hit the cool tiled floor in slow motion, banging my head softly.
    • The scarf gave way to a gentle tug, and the material slipped slowly and softly away.
  • 1.2In a pleasantly subdued manner: the room was softly lit by a lamp
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    • Along with the music playing softly inside the diner room, everything was perfect.
    • The softly lit warmth of the interior walls were a welcome contrast to the dark slimy surfaces of the outside.
    • As we passed a craggy knoll on to the south summit, it began to snow, very gently and softly.

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