gentle vs gruntle what difference

what is difference between gentle and gruntle

English

Etymology

From Middle English gentil (courteous, noble), from Old French gentil (high-born, noble), from Latin gentilis (of the same family or clan), from gens ([Roman] clan). Doublet of gentile and genteel.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛntl̩/
  • (General American) enPR: jĕn′tl, IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛntl̩/, [ˈd͡ʒɛ̃ɾ̃l̩]
  • Hyphenation: gen‧tle

Adjective

gentle (comparative gentler or more gentle, superlative gentlest or most gentle)

  1. Tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition.
  2. Soft and mild rather than hard or severe.
  3. Docile and easily managed.
    a gentle horse
  4. Gradual rather than steep or sudden.
  5. Polite and respectful rather than rude.
  6. (archaic) Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
    • 1823, Walter Scott, Peveril of the Peak
      “You are of gentle blood,” she said []
    • 1893-1897, Charles Kendal Adams (editor), Johnsons Universal Encyclopedia
      British society is divided into nobility, gentry, and yeomanry, and families are either noble, gentle, or simple.

Synonyms

  • (polite): friendly, kind, polite, respectful

Antonyms

  • (polite): rude

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

gentle (third-person singular simple present gentles, present participle gentling, simple past and past participle gentled)

  1. (intransitive) to become gentle
    • 2013, Kathryn L.M. Reynolds, Garland Roses, Kathryn L.M. Reynolds (→ISBN), page 226
      “She’s experienced a horrific and nasty scare and is in a state of shock, but otherwise she’s relatively okay.” Conrad replied, his tone at first grim (as he recalled what he’d seen in the family room) and then it gentled to a more doctorial tone as he directed his next comments to his patient.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) to ennoble
    • c. 1599, Henry V, by Shakespeare, Act IV Scene III
      […] For he to-day that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, / This day shall gentle his condition […]
  3. (transitive, animal husbandry) to break; to tame; to domesticate
    • 2008, Frank Leslie, The Killing Breed, Penguin (→ISBN)
      Yakima could have tried to catch him, gentle him as Wolf had been gentled, but having two stallions in his cavvy would lead to a different kind of trouble.
  4. (transitive) To soothe; to calm; to make gentle.
    • 1996, William C. Loring, An American Romantic-realist Abroad: Templeton Strong and His Music, Scarecrow Press (→ISBN), page 201
      A hornist, his playing gentled by perspective, is out of sight within the woods, but his notes are heard through or over the murmuring mix of bird song and breeze in leaves.

Noun

gentle (plural gentles)

  1. (archaic) A person of high birth.
    • 2012, Lizzie Stark, Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games, Chicago Review Press (→ISBN), page 43:
      While actual medieval societies were full of lots of peasants and a few rich and noble gentles, SCA personas tend to be nobles rather than commoners.
  2. (fishing) A maggot used as bait by anglers.
  3. A trained falcon, or falcon-gentil.


English

Etymology 1

grunt +‎ -le (early modern English frequentative suffix)

Verb

gruntle (third-person singular simple present gruntles, present participle gruntling, simple past and past participle gruntled)

  1. (obsolete) To utter small, low grunts.
  2. (obsolete) To complain; to grumble
Translations

Etymology 2

From grunt +‎ -le (diminutive suffix).

Noun

gruntle (plural gruntles)

  1. A grunting sound.
  2. A snort.

Etymology 3

Back-formation from disgruntled.

Verb

gruntle (third-person singular simple present gruntles, present participle gruntling, simple past and past participle gruntled)

  1. (humorous) To humour; to induce the opposite effect of causing a person to become disgruntled.
    Synonyms: humour, (humorous) regruntle
Usage notes

To gruntle is not in normal usage. It has gained a certain currency amongst information security specialists to describe a process whereby the negative feelings of a disgruntled user might be reduced, or positive feelings induced.

References

  • gruntle at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • gruntle in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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