soft




Soft things are fluffy or yielding to the touch. A kitten’s fur and your favorite fleece pajama pants are soft. So is spreadable cheese or the spongy ground of a wet field.

A soft voice is gentle, and a soft light or color is subdued or muted. A table with soft edges is rounded instead of sharp-cornered. Soft rain is mild. No matter how the adjective soft is used, it’s always the opposite of words like hard, loud, bright or stubborn. It comes from a Germanic root that means “level, even, smooth, or gentle.”

Definitions of soft
  1. adjective

    yielding readily to pressure or weight

    Synonyms:

    brushed, fleecy, napped

    (of fabrics) having soft nap produced by brushing
    cheeselike

    having the consistency of cheese
    compressible, squeezable

    capable of being easily compressed
    cottony

    resembling cotton; as soft as cotton
    cushioned, cushiony, padded

    softened by the addition of cushions or padding
    demulcent, emollient, salving, softening

    having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
    downlike, downy, flossy, fluffy

    like down or as soft as down
    flaccid

    drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness
    flocculent, woolly, wooly

    having a fluffy character or appearance
    yielding

    lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure
    mushy

    having the consistency of mush
    overstuffed

    upholstered thickly and deeply
    semisoft, softish

    somewhat soft
    spongelike, spongy, squashy, squishy

    easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility
    velvet, velvety

    resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface
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    hard

    resisting weight or pressure
    adamantine

    having the hardness of a diamond
    al dente

    cooked so as to be firm when eaten
    corneous, hornlike, horny

    made of horn (or of a substance resembling horn)
    firm, solid

    not soft or yielding to pressure
    granitelike, granitic, rocklike, stony

    hard as granite
    hardened, set

    converted to solid form (as concrete)
    woody

    made hard like wood as the result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls
    petrous, stonelike

    (of bone especially the temporal bone) resembling stone in hardness
    semihard

    somewhat hard
    steely

    resembling steel in hardness
    unyielding

    resistant to physical force or pressure
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  2. adjective

    having little impact

    “a
    soft (or light) tapping at the window”
    synonyms:
    easy, gentle

    light

    of little intensity or power or force
  3. adjective

    not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship

    “a
    soft job”
    synonyms:
    cushy, easygoing

    easy

    posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
  4. adjective

    out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance

    “he was too
    soft for the army”
    synonyms:
    flabby, flaccid

    unfit

    not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition
  5. adjective

    easily hurt

    soft hands”
    synonyms:
    delicate

    tender, untoughened

    physically untoughened
  6. adjective

    not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)

    soft targets”
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    Antonyms:

    hardened

    protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)

  7. adverb

    in a relaxed manner; or without hardship

    synonyms:
    easy

  8. adjective

    compassionate and kind; conciliatory

    “he was
    soft on his children”
    Synonyms:

    mellow

    having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience
    tender

    given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality
    warmhearted

    marked by warmth of feeling like kindness and sympathy and generosity
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    hard

    dispassionate
    difficult, hard

    not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
    calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd

    acting in a selfish scheming way
    case-hardened, hard-boiled, hardened

    used of persons; emotionally hardened
    steely

    resembling steel as in hardness
    merciless, unmerciful

    having or showing no mercy
    insensitive

    deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive
    tough

    not given to gentleness or sentimentality
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  9. adjective

    willing to negotiate and compromise

    Synonyms:

    conciliative, conciliatory

    intended to placate
  10. adjective

    tolerant or lenient

    “too
    soft on the children”
    “they are
    soft on crime”
    synonyms:
    indulgent, lenient

    permissive

    granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline
  11. adjective

    soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

    synonyms:
    gentle

    mild

    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
  12. adjective

    mild and pleasant

    “a
    soft breeze”
    synonyms:
    balmy, mild

    clement

    (of weather or climate) physically mild
  13. adjective

    (of sound) relatively low in volume

    soft voices”
    soft music”
    Synonyms:

    dull, muffled, muted, softened

    being or made softer or less loud or clear
    euphonious

    (of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident
    gentle

    quiet and soothing
    hushed, muted, quiet, subdued

    in a softened tone
    little, small

    (of a voice) faint
    low, low-toned

    very low in volume
    murmuring, susurrant, whispering

    making a low continuous indistinct sound
    murmurous, rustling, soughing, susurrous

    characterized by soft sounds
    soft-footed

    sound of quiet gentle steps
    soft-spoken

    having a speaking manner that is not loud or harsh
    quiet

    free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound
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    loud

    characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity
    audible, hearable

    heard or perceptible by the ear
    big

    loud and firm
    blaring, blasting

    unpleasantly loud and penetrating
    clarion

    loud and clear
    deafening, earsplitting, thunderous, thundery

    loud enough to cause (temporary) hearing loss
    earthshaking

    loud enough to shake the very earth
    harsh-voiced

    having an unusually harsh sound
    loud-mouthed

    given to loud offensive talk
    loud-voiced

    having an unusually loud voice
    shattering

    seemingly loud enough to break something; violently rattling or clattering
    shouted, yelled

    in a vehement outcry
    trumpet-like

    resembling the sound of a trumpet
    vocal

    full of the sound of voices
    noisy

    full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds
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  14. adjective

    used chiefly as a direction or description in music

    synonyms:
    piano

    pianissimo

    chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
    pianissimo assai

    chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
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    Antonyms:

    forte, loud

    used chiefly as a direction or description in music
    fortemente

    chiefly a direction or description in music; loud and strong
    fortissimo

    chiefly a direction or description in music
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  15. adjective

    (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected

    synonyms:
    diffuse, diffused
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    Antonyms:

    concentrated, hard

    (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source

  16. adjective

    not brilliant or glaring

    “the moon cast
    soft shadows”
    soft pastel colors”
    synonyms:
    subdued

    dull

    emitting or reflecting very little light
  17. adjective

    produced with vibration of the vocal cords

    synonyms:
    sonant, voiced
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    Antonyms:

    hard, surd, unvoiced, voiceless

    produced without vibration of the vocal cords
    whispered

    spoken in soft hushed tones without vibrations of the vocal cords
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  18. adjective

    (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s’ and `sh’)

    Synonyms:

    continuant, fricative, sibilant, spirant, strident

    of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f’, `s’, `z’, or `th’ in both `thin’ and `then’)
    palatal, palatalised, palatalized

    produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y’) or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch’ in `chin’ or `j’ in `gin’)
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    Antonyms:

    hard

    (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
    velar

    produced with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate (as `k’ in `cat’ and `g’ in `gun’ and `ng’ in `sing’)
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  19. adjective

    (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value

    “the market for computers is
    soft
    Synonyms:

    falling

    becoming lower or less in degree or value
  20. adjective

    using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation

    soft data”
    “the
    soft sciences”
    Synonyms:

    qualitative

    involving distinctions based on qualities

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