The incipient fun in his eyes was, however, softened by a tenderer alarm, a wistful curiosity.
Never did one arise from a warmer, a tenderer, or a purer heart.
The tenderer we treat the immigrant who seeks our hospitality, the harder will we smash him when he betrays us.
When we are moved, we are more alive; we are stronger, tenderer, nobler.
Perhaps there is another Cullingworth behind the scenes—a softer, tenderer man, who can love and invite love.
A man with tenderer nerves than Foyle would have found it a startling journey.
These passages present the poet in his sweeter and tenderer moods, and they have had a great charm for me.
These words seemed to freeze at once all the tenderer emotions of Ursula.
Boys have been braver and tenderer their lives long because of the unknown hero at Niagara.
Her reply was tenderer than she knew, for now he still further appealed to her.
"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.