- gentle [jent′'l]adj.gentler, gentlest [ME gentil < OFr, of noble birth < L gentilis, of the same gens (in LL, of a good family) < gens: see GENS]1. belonging to the upper classes or polite society2. like or suitable to polite society; refined, courteous, etc.3. Archaic noble; chivalrous [a gentle knight]4. generous; kind [gentle reader]5. easily handled; tame [a gentle dog]6. kindly; serene; patient [a gentle disposition]7. not violent, harsh, or rough [a gentle tap, a gentle rebuke]8. gradual [a gentle slope]n.Archaic a person of the upper classesvt.gentled, gentling1. Rare to make gentle, mild, or pleasant2. to tame or train (a horse)3. to calm or soothe as by stroking4. Obs. to raise to the social status of a gentlemanSYN.- SOFT——————the gentle craft or the gentle art1. fishing2. Obs. shoemakinggentlenessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.