Oh, they touch Christ; they have touched Him on the tenderest spot of His heart.
The elms are in tenderest leaf, the hawthorn bursting into flower.
His face and manner appealed to the tenderest side of her nature, and her affection went out at once.
I will carry your tenderest remembrances to our brilliant Russian princess.
Nothing yet—the time slips away; I can't spare a moment—but surely now you will not refuse the tenderest kisses of love.
He had hardly realised how it would tear at the tenderest fibres of memory.
Capt. Smith, whose heart was tender as that of any woman,—The tenderest are the bravest—patted the drummer boy of Co.
The first thing the boy did, too, was to wound her tenderest susceptibilities.
The meeting was of the tenderest and most affecting description.
What might not come of such a temperament, tried in its tenderest spot?
"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.