(1)   Not brilliant or glaring
"The moon cast soft shadows"
"Soft pastel colors"
"Subdued lighting"
(2)   Mild and pleasant
"Balmy days and nights"
"The climate was mild and conducive to life or growth"
"A soft breeze"
(3)   Not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship
"What a cushy job!"
"The easygoing life of a parttime consultant"
"A soft job"
(4)   Willing to negotiate and compromise
(5)   Out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
"He was too soft for the army"
"Flabby around the middle"
"Flaccid cheeks"
(6)   Yielding readily to pressure or weight
(7)   Compassionate and kind; conciliatory
"He was soft on his children"
(8)   (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')
(9)   (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
(10)   Having little impact
"An easy pat on the shoulder"
"Gentle rain"
"A gentle breeze"
"A soft (or light) tapping at the window"
(11)   (of sound) relatively low in volume
"Soft voices"
"Soft music"
(12)   Used chiefly as a direction or description in music
"The piano passages in the composition"
(13)   Not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)
"Soft targets"
(14)   Soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
"A gentle reprimand"
"A vein of gentle irony"
"Poked gentle fun at him"
(15)   Tolerant or lenient
"Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"
"Too soft on the children"
"They are soft on crime"
(16)   Using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation
"Soft data"
"The soft sciences"
(17)   Produced with vibration of the vocal cords
"A frequently voiced opinion"
"Voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'";
(18)   Easily hurt
"Soft hands"
"A baby's delicate skin"
(19)   (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value
"The market for computers is soft"


(20)   In a relaxed manner; or without hardship
"Just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard)


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


non-abrasive, fluffy gentle, light quiet meek, mild, wimpy daft, foolish, silly, stupid


hard, resistant, solid, stony abrasive, scratchy harsh, rough, strong hard loud firm, strict, tough hard sensible