Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender. Not harsh or severe; mild and soft: a gentle scolding; a gentle tapping at the window. Easily managed or handled; docile: a gentle horse. Not steep or sudden; gradual: a gentle incline. Of good family; wellborn: a child of gentle birth. Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite: a gentle greeting to a stranger. Archaic Noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight. Archaic One of good birth or relatively high station. To make less severe or intense: The peaceful sunset gentled her dreadful mood. To soothe, as by stroking; pacify. To tame or break (a domestic animal, for instance): gentle a horse. To raise to the status of a noble.