Spouses, lovers whose touch can still be tender, who know us like no other.
The tales she recounts about her upbringing range from tender to funny to outright absurd.
Yet Ball excites people because she has the guts to run in a tough district, and to do so at a tender age.
After the fennel is tender, add the milk and continue to cook for another two minutes.
By the end of 2007, Krasnaya Polyana, OJSC got the tender to build the media village and the K-125 and K-95 ski jumps.
But for Curry the government would have died in its tender infancy.
He is so very young and reverent and tender, and in a way so unsophisticated.
The fear-crazed horde streamed past the other herder and the tender.
How should salt be used in the cooking of: (a) tender vegetables?
Meleager had a soul that inclined to all beautiful and tender things.
"soft, easily injured," early 13c., from Old French tendre "soft, delicate, tender" (11c.), from Latin tenerem (nominative tener) "soft, delicate, of tender age," from PIE *ten- "stretch" (see tenet). Meaning "kind, affectionate, loving" first recorded c.1300. Meaning "having the delicacy of youth, immature" is attested from early 14c. Tender-hearted first recorded 1530s.
"to offer formally," 1540s, from Middle French tendre "to offer, hold forth" (11c.), from Latin tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tenet). The retention of the ending of the French infinitive is unusual. The noun meaning "formal offer" is from 1540s; specific sense of "money that may be legally offered as payment" is from 1740.
"person who tends another," late 15c., probably an agent noun formed from Middle English tenden "attend to" (see tend (2)); later extended to locomotive engineers (1825) and barmen (1883). The meaning "small boat used to attend larger ones" first recorded 1670s.
tender ten·der (těn'dər)
adj. ten·der·er, ten·der·est
Easily crushed or bruised; fragile.
Easily hurt; sensitive.