• Sensitive or painful to the touch.
  • Easily bruised or injured; not firm or hard; delicate.
  • Physically weak; not able to endure hardship.
  • Soft and easily chewed.
  • Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
  • Fond, loving, gentle, or sweet.
  • Young and inexperienced.
  • Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic.
  • Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
  • Heeling over too easily when under sail; said of a vessel.
  • Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
  • Careful to keep inviolate, or not to injure; used with of.





Similar words


  • From Middle English tender, tendere, from Anglo-Norman tender, Old French tendre, from Latin tener.
  • From Middle English tender, tendur, tendir, tendre, from the adjective (see above).
  • From Middle English tendren, from the adjective (see above).
  • From tend + -er.
  • From Middle English tendren, from Old French tendre.

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