from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A person regarded as weak or sentimental.
- n. Informal A person who finds it difficult to punish or be strict.
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- n. A weak or sentimental person.
- n. Somebody who finds it difficult to scold or punish.
- n. A software expert who is ignorant of the workings of hardware.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A soft or silly person. Also softie.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is weak and excessively sentimental
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The softy was a man who could hoard his hatred and vengeance, hiding the bad passions away in the dark corners of his poor shattered mind, and bringing them out in the dead of the night to "kiss and talk to," as the Moor's wife kissed and conversed with the strawberry-embroidered cambric.
- Fernando R. MICKEY: Bree may come off like a brittle maneater, but at heart she's a real softy, which is why juggling an angry Orson and a horny Karl will really wear on her this fall.
You can call me names for being some kind of softy liberal, but it appears the Israelis and the old guard Republican eminences think Pelosi's trip was just the right medicine.
You hate being called a, 'softy' and you're always ready to 'bring it'.
Stephen's father explained that as a young lad Stephen was sent to boarding school because he was in danger of becoming a 'softy'.
He refrained from including in his challenges of the jury the gentleman who was afterwards foreman; he knew he was all right, he said, because he parted his hair in the middle, a "softy," in fact.
He dreaded being thought a "softy," and had even at times felt a kind of envy of the boys whose consciences did not trouble them if they swore, or indulged in sly smokes, or defiled their mouths with filthy quids.
She was half inclined to beg her indulgent husband to pension him off, and send him to the other end of the county; but the next moment she was ashamed of her childish folly, and a few hours afterward had forgotten Steeve Hargraves, the "softy," as he was politely called in the stables.
But Hasan is purposely represented as a "softy" till aroused and energized by the magic of Love.
Ghanim is another "softy" lover, a favourite character in Arab tales; and by way of contrast, the girl is masterful enough.