sooth·​ing ˈsü-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce soothing (audio)
: tending to soothe
also : having a sedative effect
soothing syrup
soothingly adverb
soothingness noun

Examples of soothing in a Sentence

The music had a soothing effect on the baby. the soothing music eventually put the entire yoga class in the proper mood
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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soothing was in 1700

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“Soothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: tending to soothe
soothing sounds

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