Wyoming horseman Buck Brannaman tends to give his charges the gentlest of tugs.
One of the very sweetest, gentlest characters in literature is Colonel Newcome.
I have come to know you for the sweetest, gentlest saint in all this world.
The monk to whom he had been delivered for punishment was the one of all the monastery who had the kindliest, gentlest face.
There was the gentlest breeze, and at our moorings it was almost cool.
The World, in its gentlest mood of indulgence, will say compassionately, 'Poor man!
Dr. Owen spoke in his gentlest manner, for he realized that he must gain her confidence.
What has become of John Hibbert, gentlest mannered man that ever repulsed attack on the public purse?
"I want the best and gentlest beasts obtainable," I said to Burton.
For, (though in the gentlest of ways,) they had hinted it was scarce worth the while, I should doubtless have printed it.
early 13c., "well-born," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble, of good family" (11c., in Modern French "nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty"), from Latin gentilis "of the same family or clan," from gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan," from root of gignere "beget," from PIE root *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "gracious, kind" (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that of "mild, tender" is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman.