soft S2 W2 comparative softer, superlative softest
not hard, firm, or stiff, but easy to press [≠ hard]:
My feet sank into the soft ground.
the softest sofa and pillows
Cook the onions until they go soft.
less hard than average [≠ hard]:
a soft lead pencil
having a surface that is smooth and pleasant to touch [≠ rough]:
a baby's soft skin
The fur was soft to the touch.
a soft sound, voice, or music is quiet and pleasant to listen to [≠ loud, harsh]:
His voice was softer now.
soft colours or lights are pleasant and relaxing because they are not too bright [≠ bright]:
colour/light[only before noun]CC
All the stores will be re-fitted with softer lighting.
a soft shade of peach
not having any hard edges or sharp angles:
no hard edges
gentle and without much force:
a soft breeze
someone who is soft seems weak because they are not strict enough with other people [≠ strict, tough]:
If you appear to be soft, people take advantage of you.
Courts have been taking a soft line (=not being strict enough) with young offenders.
kind, gentle, and sympathetic to other people [≠ hard]:
He has a soft heart beneath that cold exterior.
a soft kiss
not very brave and not having a strong character [≠ hard]:
Don't be soft - just jump!
decreasing in price, value, or the amount sold:
soft oil prices
money that is lent at a lower interest rate than usual, because it will be used to help people in some way
money that people, companies, or organizations give to political parties, rather than to a particular candidate
a soft job, life etc is too easy and does not involve much work or hard physical work:
Mike's found himself a soft job in the stores.
having a body that is not in a strong physical condition, because you do not do enough exercise:
He'd got soft after all those years in a desk job.
soft water does not contain many minerals, so that it forms bubbles from soap easily
to continue to like someone even when they do not behave well:
She's always had a soft spot for Grant.
someone from whom you can easily get what you want, because they are kind or easy to deceive
very stupid or crazy
stupid or silly:
You must be soft if you think I'll give you fifty quid!
to be sexually attracted to someone
not sounding hard:
a soft g
She stroked his head softly.
Music played softly in the background.
—softness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: soft
soft and pleasant to touch: velvety, fluffy, silky
soft and easily crushed: squashy, squishy
soft and wet: mushy, squelchy BrE informal
soft and good to eat: tenderWORD FOCUS: colour
a particular kind of colour: shade, hint, hue
words for describing dark colours: dark, deep, rich
words for describing light colours: light, pale, soft, pastel
words for describing bright colours: bright, brilliant, vivid, garish disapproving, gaudy disapproving
having a lot of colours: colourful, multicoloured British English/multicolored American English
➔ See also colourWORD FOCUS: quiet
voice, sound: low , soft, muffled, hushed, subdued
place: peaceful, calm, sleepy, tranquil
completely quiet: silent, you could hear a pin drop
what you say when you want someone to be quiet: sh, shut up not polite, be quiet, keep it down BrE informal
➔ See also quiet