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definition of the word soft

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
field street attempt #830: soft officers likely beneath

Old English sēfte (whence later: sōfte)

soft (comparative softer, superlative softest)




  1. Giving way under pressure.
    My head sank easily into the soft pillow.
  2. (of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible.
    Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.
  3. Gentle.
    There was a soft breeze blowing.
  4. (of a road intersection) Having an acute angle.
    At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the soft left.
  5. (of a sound) Quiet.
    I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.
  6. (linguistics) voiced, sonant
    DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes. — The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. (linguistics) (rare) voiceless
  8. (linguistics) palatalized
  9. (slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.
    When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.
  10. (of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
    You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.
  11. (Northern British, colloquial) Foolish.

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