He dashes in a few drops of bitters, and then gently crushes the sugar with a muddler.
Business concluded, he took her gently but firmly by the arm and led her out: she was his next appointment.
He encouraged the boy to express his opinions, gently correcting him when he was wrong.
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.