1easy to mould, cut, compress, or fold; not hard or firm to the touch:soft margarinethe ground was soft beneath their feet
having a smooth surface or texture; not rough or coarse:soft crushed velvether hair felt very soft
(of a person) weak and lacking courage:soft southerners
(of a market, currency, or commodity) falling or likely to fall in value:now a new factor looms: soft oil pricesthe rouble, so soft that it buys nothing worth having
2having a pleasing quality involving a subtle effect or contrast rather than sharp definition:the soft glow of the lampsthe moon’s pale light cast soft shadows
(of a voice or sound) quiet and gentle:they spoke in soft whispers
not strong or violent:a soft breeze rustled the trees
dialect (of the weather) rainy, moist, or thawing.
3sympathetic, lenient, or compassionate, especially to a degree perceived as excessive; not strict or sufficiently strict:the government is not becoming soft on crimeJulia’s soft heart was touched by his grief
(of words or language) not harsh or angry; conciliatory; soothing:he was no good with soft words, gentle phrases
willing to compromise in political matters:candidates ranging from far right to soft left
informal (of a job or way of life) requiring little effort.
4(of a drink) not alcoholic.
(of a drug) not likely to cause addiction.
(of radiation) having little penetrating power.
(of a detergent) biodegradable.
(also soft-core) (of pornography) suggestive or erotic but not explicit.
5(of water) free from mineral salts that make lathering difficult.
6 informal foolish; silly:he must be going soft in the head
(soft on) informal infatuated with:was Brendan soft on her?
7(of a consonant) pronounced as a fricative (as c in ice).
1in a quiet or gentle way:I can just speak soft and she’ll hear me
2 informal in a weak or foolish way:don’t talk soft
have a soft spot (Indian also soft corner) for
be fond of or affectionate towards.
an easier alternative:probation should in no sense be seen as a soft option by the judiciary
soft touch (also easy touch)
informal a person who readily gives or does something if asked.