Definition of soft adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (softer, softest)
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    not hard
  1. 1changing shape easily when pressed; not stiff or firm soft margarine soft feather pillows The grass was soft and springy.
  2. 2less hard than average soft rocks such as limestone soft cheeses opposite hard
  3. not rough
  4. 3smooth and pleasant to touch soft skin a dress made from the finest, softest silk opposite rough
  5. without angles/edges
  6. 4not having sharp angles or hard edges This season's fashions focus on warm tones and soft lines. The moon's pale light cast soft shadows.
  7. light/colors
  8. 5[usually before noun] not too bright, in a way that is pleasant and relaxing to the eyes a soft pink the soft glow of candlelight opposite harsh
  9. rain/wind
  10. 6not strong or violent synonym light A soft breeze rustled the trees.
  11. sounds
  12. 7not loud, and usually pleasant and gentle synonym quiet soft background music a soft voice
  13. sympathetic
  14. 8kind and sympathetic; easily affected by other people's suffering Julia's soft heart was touched by his grief. opposite hard
  15. not strict
  16. 9(usually disapproving) not strict or severe; not strict or severe enough synonym lenient soft (on somebody/something) The government is not becoming soft on crime. soft (with somebody) If you're too soft with these kids they'll never respect you. opposite tough
  17. crazy
  18. 10(informal) (disapproving) stupid or crazy He must be going soft in the head.
  19. not brave/tough enough
  20. 11(informal) (disapproving) not brave enough; wanting to be safe and comfortable Stay in a hotel? Don't be so soft. I want to camp out under the stars.
  21. too easy
  22. 12(disapproving) not involving much work; too easy and comfortable They had got too used to the soft life at home. opposite hard
  23. water
  24. 13not containing mineral salts and therefore good for washing You won't need much soap—the water here is very soft. opposite hard
  25. consonants
  26. 14(phonetics) not sounding hard, for example “c” in “city” and “g” in “general” opposite hard
  27. Idioms
    have a soft spot for somebody/something(informal)
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    to like someone or something She's always had a soft spot for you.
noun [uncountable, singular] the softness of her skin the softness of the water see also softly
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