(adv.) with low volume; 'speak softly but carry a big stick'; 'she spoke quietly to the child'; 'the radio was playing softly'.
(adv.) in a manner that is pleasing to the senses; 'she smiled softly'.
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(adv.) In a soft manner.
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- No, she said softly, laughing at his sudden quickness. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- He has been talking off and on about such like all day, ma'am, said Jenny softly. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Speak softly, Anselmo said. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- She held her to her bosom; she cradled her in her arms; she rocked her softly, as if lulling a young child to sleep. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- She spoke so modestly and softly and her trembling hand expressed such agitation as it moved to and fro upon the silent notes! Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- While Merrival was talking, Clara softly opened a door behind Idris, and beckoned me to come with a gesture and look of grief. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- Take this light; go softly up the steps straight afore you, and along the little hall, to the street door; unfasten it, and let us in. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- The haggard head floated up the dark staircase, and softly descended nearer to the floor outside the outer door of the chambers. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- This brief direction to Charley Bates, and his recent antagonist, was softly and immediately obeyed. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- Then she went down softly, through the dark, to the door. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- I grasped it firmly, rose softly from the bed, and leaned over my sleeping wife. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- In breathless expectancy I waited, when finally the great door moved softly toward me and slid quietly to one side. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.
- I touched it so softly that I was not heard, and looked in unseen. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- The door closed, and the carriage rolled softly through the snow; and back returned the Countess, pensive and anxious. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- It's all figured out, _guapa_, he said softly against Maria's shoulder. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- I took a candle and went softly in to fetch it from its shelf. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- In a few minutes after, I heard the creaking of my door, as if some one endeavoured to open it softly. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein_Or_The Modern Prometheus.
- Roberto, Maria said very softly and kissed him. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- But he lay still, and she softly closed the door and returned to her room. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.
- And she paddled softly, lingeringly, longing for him to say something meaningful to her. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- I went to the door very softly, not to disturb Catherine, and opened it. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- As the door closed on her she said to herself softly, It's Baxter's doings and Baxter's dooty--that's what it is. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- When I entered the bedchamber, and softly approached the bedside by the dim flicker of the night-lamp, my wife was asleep. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- I alighted softly upon the ground, however, without appreciable shock or jar. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.
- A minute after one little hand stole out from beneath her face, to which it had been pressed, and softly caressed the heedless foot. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- That feline personage, with her lips tightly shut and her eyes looking out at him sideways, softly closes the door before replying. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- He kissed her softly. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- As their retreating footsteps died away in the distance, I called out softly the Martian word of greeting, kaor. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.
- So, the sunrise came, and the shadows of the leaves of the plane-tree moved upon his face, as softly as her lips had moved in praying for him. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- She rose softly saying: 'Perhaps you will sleep. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
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