Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
Easily giving way under pressure.
(of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.
- My head sank easily into the soft pillow.
- Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.
* Bible, Matt. xi. 8
- soft''' silk; a '''soft skin
- They that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
- There was a soft breeze blowing.
- I would to God my heart were flint, like Edward's; / Or Edward's soft and pitiful, like mine.
Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.
- The meek or soft shall inherit the earth.
* Bible, Proverbs xv. 1
- soft eyes
- A soft answer turneth away wrath.
Gentle in action or motion; easy.
- A face with gladness overspread, / Soft smiles, by human kindness bred.
Weak in character; impressible.
- On her soft axle, white she paces even, / And bears thee soft with the smooth air along.
Requiring little or no effort; easy.
- The deceiver soon found this soft place of Adam's.
Not bright or intense.
- a soft job
(of a road intersection) Having an acute angle.
- soft lighting
(of a sound) Quiet.
- At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the soft left.
- I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.
(linguistics) voiced, sonant
- Her voice was ever soft , / Gentle, and low, — an excellent thing in woman.
(linguistics, rare) voiceless
(linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized
(slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.
- DH represents the voiced (soft)'' th ''of English these clothes. —
(of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
- When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.
(UK, colloquial) Foolish.
- You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft .
(physics) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard)
(of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.
Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.
- He made soft fellows stark noddies, and such as were foolish quite mad.
(UK, of a man) Effeminate.
* Jeremy Taylor
- The admin imposed a soft''' block/ban on the user or a '''soft lock on the article.
Agreeable to the senses.
- A longing after sensual pleasures is a dissolution of the spirit of a man, and makes it loose, soft , and wandering.
- a soft liniment
- soft wines
Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.
- the soft , delicious air
- soft colours
* Sir Thomas Browne
- the soft outline of the snow-covered hill
- The sun, shining upon the upper part of the clouds made the softest lights imaginable.
* (of a cloth) non-abrasive, fluffy
* (gentle) gentle, light, nesh
* (of a sound) quiet
* (lacking strength or resolve) meek, mild, wimpy, nesh
* (foolish) daft, foolish, silly, stupid
* (giving way under pressure) hard, resistant, solid, stony
* (of a cloth) abrasive, scratchy
* (gentle) harsh, rough, strong
* (acute) hard
* (of a sound) loud
* (lacking strength or resolve) firm, strict, tough
* (of water) hard
* (foolish) sensible
* soft copy
* soft drink
* soft focus
* soft on
* soft palate
* soft power
* soft science fiction
* soft serve
* soft shoe
* soft soap
* soft touch
* soft toy
(archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
- Soft , you; a word or two before you go.
- But, soft ! What light through yonder window breaks?
(lb) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
*(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
*:A knight soft riding toward them.
*:There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
- (George Eliot)