Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a soft manner; gently.
  • adv. Not loudly; nearly inaudible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a soft manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Soft; easy; gentle; slow.
  • In a soft manner.
  • Gently; slowly; calmly; quietly; hence, at an easy pace: as, to lay a thing down softly.
  • Mildly; tenderly.
  • Slackly; carelessly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with low volume
  • adv. used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
  • adv. in a manner that is pleasing to the senses
  • adv. with little weight or force

Etymologies

From Middle English softely, softeliche, equivalent to soft +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Finally he did, covering her body with his own, saying her name softly as he slipped inside her.

    Law of Attraction

  • She called out my name softly as if I could have missed seeing her standing there.

    Midnight

  • Matt heard his name softly spoken, and he turned to find Sara and Zack beside him.

    Soulless

  • She dropped the title softly down to the water below, and started at the echo of her own trembling voice.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice A Romance of Cyprus

  • Murmuring his name softly, she shifted onto her back, encouraging Max to slide up over her, parting her lips to welcome his kisses.

    Captured by Moonlight

  • Patch spoke my name softly, yet with every intention of getting what he wanted.

    hush, hush

  • I was terrified of surprising him, so I simply called his name softly.

    State of the Union

  • I turned the knob and opened it just a crack, peeking in and calling his name softly.

    Slaying is Such Sweet Sorrow

  • She repeated the word softly, rolling its meaning around in her mind like a lone marble.

    Wounderful You

  • Brigitte said his name softly, coming up behind him and wrapping her arms about his waist.

    A GIFT OF LOVE

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