1. easy to mold, cut, compress, or fold; not hard or firm to the touch : soft margarine | the ground was soft beneath their feet.
- having a smooth surface or texture that is pleasant to touch; not rough or coarse : soft crushed velvet | her hair felt very soft.
2. having a pleasing quality involving a subtle effect or contrast rather than sharp definition : the soft glow of the lamps | the moon's pale light cast soft shadows.
- (of a voice or sound) quiet and gentle : they spoke in soft whispers.
- (of rain, wind, or other natural force) not strong or violent : a soft breeze rustled the trees.
3. sympathetic, lenient, or compassionate, esp. to a degree perceived as excessive; not strict or sufficiently strict : the administration is not becoming soft on crime | Julia'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.