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Dictionary Definition

soft adj
1 lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively [ant: hard]
2 metaphorically soft; "my father is a soft touch"; "soft light"; "a soft rain"; "a soft Southern drawl"; "soft brown eyes"; "a soft glance" [ant: hard]
3 of sound; relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music" [ant: loud]
4 easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin" [syn: delicate]
5 used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition" [syn: piano] [ant: forte]
6 used of beverages; not containing alcohol; "nonalcoholic beverages"; "soft drinks" [syn: nonalcoholic] [ant: alcoholic]
7 of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh') [ant: hard]
8 tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "procedures are lax and discipline is weak"; "too soft on the children" [syn: indulgent, lax, lenient]
9 having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window" [syn: easy, gentle]
10 not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; "what a cushy job!"; "a soft job" [syn: cushy] adv : in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard) [syn: easy]

User Contributed Dictionary




Old English sēfte (whence later: sōfte)


soft (: softer, : softest)
  1. Giving way under pressure.
    My head sank easily into the soft pillow.
  2. In the context of "of cloth or similar material": Smooth and flexible.
    Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.
  3. Gentle.
    There was a soft breeze blowing.
  4. In the context of "of a sound": Quiet.
    I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.
  5. voiced, sonant
    DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes. — The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. voiceless
  7. palatalized
  8. Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.
    When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.
  9. In the context of "of water": Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
    You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.
  10. (Northern British, colloquial) Foolish.




giving way under pressure
of a cloth
of a sound
lacking strength or resolve
of water

Extensive Definition


  • Adventure Soft, UK-based video game developer which was established in the 1980s by Mike Woodroffe
  • Cocktail Soft, Japanese H game manufacturer
  • Hudson Soft, Japanese publisher and developer
  • Illusion Soft, company from Yokohama, Japan
  • L-Soft, provider of electronic mailing list management and marketing software
  • Monolith Soft, entertainment company in Japan
  • NCsoft, South Korean based online computer game company
  • Soft Reklambyrå, Swedish-based interactive agency


  • Soft commodity, commodity that is grown, rather than mined
  • Soft count, process for counting banknotes in a casino or bank
  • Soft currency, form of money in use around the world
  • Soft Kiwi,a currency trader in NYC ,known to be soft at times.



  • Soft (band), a New York indie rock band
  • "Soft", song by Kings of Leon from their album Aha Shake Heartbreak
  • Soft Ballet, Japanese industrial and synthpop band
  • Soft Cell, English synthesizer duo during the early 1980s
  • Soft Machine, pioneering English psychedelic, progressive rock and jazz fusion band from Canterbury
  • Soft pedal, one of the standard pedals on a piano
  • Soft rock, style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening
  • The Soft Bulletin, the ninth album released by The Flaming Lips
  • The Soft Machine (album), 1968 album by Soft Machine
  • The Soft Parade, studio album by the psychedelic rock band The Doors


Soft: Comftable


  • Soft balancing, recent addition to balance of power theory used to describe non-military forms of balancing
  • Soft law, quasi-legal instruments which do not have any binding force
  • Soft left, the more moderate left wing forces in the British Labour Party in the 1980s
  • Soft money, indirect, unregulated donations to organizations that support a candidate but are not officially affiliated to his or her campaign
  • Soft paternalism, political philosophy


  • Soft palate, soft tissue constituting the back of the roof of the mouth
  • Soft rush, common plant native in most temperate countries
  • Soft tissue, tissue that connects, supports, or surrounds other structures or organs of the body

Computer science

  • Dojin soft, video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups
  • Soft computing, collection of new computational techniques in computer science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning
  • Soft error, signal or datum which is wrong in electronics and computing
  • Soft heap, variant on the simple heap data structure in computer science
  • Soft hyphen, point at which a word may be broken
  • Soft microprocessor, microprocessor core written on any hardware description language
  • Soft phone, piece of software for making telephone calls over the Internet using a general purpose computer
  • Soft reboot, restarting a computer under software control
  • Soft return, automatically-entered return in a word processor when the text reaches the end of the line
  • Soft updates, approach to maintaining disk integrity after a crash or power outage in computer file systems

Other science

  • Soft matter, condensed phase
  • Soft science, academic research or scholarship whose adherence to scientific principle is questionable
  • Soft water, types of water that contain few or no calcium or magnesium ions
  • The opposite of one of the many types of hardness
  • The opposite of the texture roughness


soft in Korean: 소프트
soft in Japanese: ソフト

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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easy as pie, easygoing, effeminate, effete, effortless, eggshell, emotionable, etiolated, exploitable, facile, faint, faint-voiced, fainthearted, faintish, faithful, fatuous, fearful, feathery, feeble, feebleminded, filial, fine, flabby, flaccid, flat, fleecy, fleshy, flexible, flexile, flexuous, floppy, fluffy, foggy, fond, foolable, foolish, forbearant, forbearing, forceless, forgiving, formless, frail, friendly, front, funking, funky, furry, fuzzy, gentle, glib, glide, gloss, glossal, glottal, gone, gone to seed, gooey, green, gullible, gushing, gutless, guttural, halcyon, half-heard, hard, harmless, heavy, henhearted, high, hoaxable, homelike, homely, homey, hoodwinkable, human, humane, humbugable, husbandly, idyllic, imbecile, impotent, imprecise, impressionable, indifferent, indistinct, indulgent, infirm, ingenuous, intimidated, intonated, iridescent, judicious, kind, labial, labiodental, labiovelar, languid, languishing, languorous, lateral, lax, lazy, lenient, liberal, light, lily-livered, limber, limp, lingual, liquid, listless, lived-in, loose, lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome, loving, low, low-key, lustless, luxurious, macerated, malleable, marrowless, masticated, maternal, matte, maudlin, mawkish, mellifluent, mellifluous, mellow, mellowy, melodious, melting, merciful, mid, mild, mild as milk, milk-livered, milksoppish, milksoppy, miry, moderate, mollified, monophthongal, mother-of-pearl, mousy, mucky, muddy, muliebrous, murmured, mushy, muted, nacreous, naive, namby-pamby, narrow, nasal, nasalized, negligent, nerveless, nonalcoholic, nonintoxicating, nonresistive, nonrigid, nonviolent, nostalgic, nostomanic, nothing to it, occlusive, off, old-womanish, on the downgrade, oozy, opalescent, open, opulent, orderly, out of condition, out of shape, out of training, overindulgent, overpermissive, oversentimental, oversentimentalized, overtimid, overtimorous, oxytone, pacific, pacifistic, painless, palatal, palatalized, pale, pampered, panic-prone, panicky, pappy, parental, passible, pastel, pastoral, pasty, paternal, patient, patinaed, peaceable, peaceful, peacetime, pearly, permissive, persuadable, pharyngeal, pharyngealized, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pianissimo, piano, pigeonhearted, piping, pitch, pitched, pithless, pithy, pitying, plain, plashy, plastic, pleasant, pliable, pliant, plush, plushy, pooped, posh, posttonic, powerless, prissy, prudent, pulpal, pulpar, pulped, pulplike, pulpy, puny, quaggy, questionable, quiet, rabbity, receptive, relaxed, relaxing, remiss, reposeful, responsive, restful, retroflex, rich, ritzy, romantic, roomy, rounded, rubbery, run to seed, rusty, ruthful, sad, sapless, satiny, scarcely heard, seduceable, semigloss, semivowel, sensible, sensitive, sentimental, sentimentalized, serene, silken, silky, silly, simple, simple as ABC, sinewless, sissified, sissy, sissyish, slabby, slack, sleek, slipping, slipshod, slobby, sloppy, sloshy, sloughy, slow, sludgy, slushy, smooth, snug, sober, soft as putty, soft-colored, soft-hued, soft-sounding, soft-voiced, softened, softhearted, somber, sonant, soothing, spineless, splashy, spongy, sposhy, springlike, squashy, squelchy, squishy, squushy, sticky, stiff, stopped, straightforward, strengthless, stressed, strong, subaudible, subdued, submissive, subtle, succulent, summery, supple, surd, susceptible, swanky, sweet, syllabic, sympathetic, sympathizing, tame, tear-jerking, teary, temperate, tender, tenderhearted, tense, thick, throaty, timid, timorous, tolerant, tonal, tonic, tranquil, turbid, twangy, unaccented, unburdensome, unclear, uncomplicated, undemanding, understanding, unhardened, uninebriating, unmanly, unmanned, unnerved, unprofitable, unrestrained, unrounded, unsophisticated, unstressed, unstrung, untroubled, uxorious, velar, velvety, victimizable, vocalic, vocoid, voiced, voiceless, vowel, vowellike, warm, warmhearted, weak, weak-kneed, weak-minded, weak-voiced, weakhearted, weakly, whisper-soft, whispered, white-livered, wide, wifely, witless, womanish, woolly, workable, yellow, yielding
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