Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Soft; easy; gentle; slow.
- In a soft manner. Without force or violence; gently: as, he softly pressed my hand.
- Gently; slowly; calmly; quietly; hence, at an easy pace: as, to lay a thing down softly.
- Mildly; tenderly.
- Slackly; carelessly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In a soft manner.
- 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
- From Middle English softely, softeliche, equivalent to soft + -ly. (Wiktionary)
“Finally he did, covering her body with his own, saying her name softly as he slipped inside her.”
“She called out my name softly as if I could have missed seeing her standing there.”
“Matt heard his name softly spoken, and he turned to find Sara and Zack beside him.”
“She dropped the title softly down to the water below, and started at the echo of her own trembling voice.”
“Murmuring his name softly, she shifted onto her back, encouraging Max to slide up over her, parting her lips to welcome his kisses.”
“Patch spoke my name softly, yet with every intention of getting what he wanted.”
“I was terrified of surprising him, so I simply called his name softly.”
“I turned the knob and opened it just a crack, peeking in and calling his name softly.”
“She repeated the word softly, rolling its meaning around in her mind like a lone marble.”
“Brigitte said his name softly, coming up behind him and wrapping her arms about his waist.”
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Traditional; arranged by the Pogues, copyright 1984.
Oh Kitty, My Darling, remember
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from the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation
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