Meaning of SOFT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ sɒft, AM sɔ:ft ]

( softer, softest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Something that is soft is pleasant to touch, and not rough or hard.

Regular use of a body lotion will keep the skin soft and supple...

...warm, soft, white towels.

≠ rough


• soft‧ness

The sea air robbed her hair of its softness.



Something that is soft changes shape or bends easily when you press it.

She lay down on the soft, comfortable bed...

Add enough milk to form a soft dough.

...soft cheese.

≠ hard, firm



Something that has a soft appearance has smooth curves rather than sharp or distinct edges.

This is a smart, yet soft and feminine look.

...the soft curves of her body.

= gentle

≠ hard


• soft‧ly

She wore a softly tailored suit.

...a fresh, modern hairstyle which has long layers falling softly on the neck.

ADV : ADV with v


Something that is soft is very gentle and has no force. For example, a soft sound or voice is quiet and not harsh. A soft light or colour is pleasant to look at because it is not bright.

There was a soft tapping on my door...

When he woke again he could hear soft music.

= gentle


• soft‧ly

She crossed the softly lit room...

She bent forward and kissed him softly.

ADV : ADV with v


If you are soft on someone, you do not treat them as strictly or severely as you should do.

The president says the measure is soft and weak on criminals...

≠ hard

ADJ : usu v-link ADJ , oft ADJ on n [ disapproval ]


If you say that someone has a soft heart , you mean that they are sensitive and sympathetic towards other people.

Her rather tough and worldly exterior hides a very soft and sensitive heart.

≠ hard

ADJ [ approval ]


You use soft to describe a way of life that is easy and involves very little work.

The regime at Latchmere could be seen as a soft option...

= easy

≠ hard



Soft drugs are drugs, such as cannabis, which are illegal but which many people do not consider to be strong or harmful.



A soft target is a place or person that can easily be attacked.

Women who carry cash about in the streets, as they very often have to, are a very soft target.

= easy



Soft water does not contain much of the mineral calcium and so makes bubbles easily when you use soap.

≠ hard



If you have a soft spot for someone or something, you feel a great deal of affection for them or like them a lot.

Terry had a soft spot for me...

a soft touch: see touch

PHRASE : PHR after v , PHR n

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