Definition of tender
- a tender conscience
- the bruise was still tender
- tender pride
- a tender situation
- tender perennials
- never before heard the piano sound so tender
- —Elva S. Daniels
He gave her a tender look.
She was tender and loving with her new child.
Cook the pasta until it is just tender.
Her wrist was swollen and tender.
atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, bestial, brutal, brute, brutish, callous, cold-blooded, cruel, fiendish, hard-hearted, heartless, inhuman, inhumane, insensate, sadistic, savage, truculent, uncompassionate, unfeeling, unkind, unkindly, unsympathetic, vicious, wanton;
altruistic, brotherly, charitable, freehanded, generous, greathearted, humanitarian, liberal, magnanimous, munificent, noble, openhearted, philanthropic (also philanthropical), selfless, unselfish, unsparing;
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use: 1983See Words from the same year
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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