gentle sex

gen·tle sex
G g


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [jen-tl seks]
    • /ˈdʒɛn tl sɛks/
    • /ˈdʒentl seks/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [jen-tl seks]
    • /ˈdʒɛn tl sɛks/

Definitions of gentle sex words

  • noun gentle sex women in general (usually used facetiously): courtesy toward the gentle sex. 1
  • noun gentle sex This is a dated term, usually used for humorous effect but sometimes perceived as condescending to women. It makes reference to a stereotype of women’s basic nature, namely that women are gentle in comparison to men. 1

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Origin of gentle sex

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
First recorded in 1575-85

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Parts of speech for Gentle sex


gentle sex popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 71% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

gentle sex usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for gentle sex

noun gentle sex

  • fair sex — women as a group (usually used facetiously): an insult to the fair sex.
  • womankind — women, as distinguished from men; the female sex.
  • women — plural of woman.

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