1. a weakling.
|Charcoal Sketches (1865) 165: ‘Soft’ being the positive announcement of a good easy soul, and ‘saft’ intimating that his disposition takes rank in the superlative degree of mollification.|
|Twelve Years A Slave 234: He must take me for a soft, to think he can come it over me with them kind of yarns.|
|Adam Bede (1873) 82: If you’ve got a soft to drive you: he’ll soon turn over into the ditch.|
|‘’Arry at the Play’ in Punch 2 Nov. in (2006) 40: I’m aware there is softs as prefers to see Virtue wop Vice.|
|Mord Em’ly 2: What d’you take me for, Ginger? [...] A soft?|
|DN II:i 62: soft, n. A silly person.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
2. the stomach, i.e. the ‘soft’ part of the body.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 Feb. 1/4: Jack holed Tom in the soft, and he’ll hole you.|
3. (US black) a woman, a girlfriend.
|‘For the Last Time I Cried Over You’ [lyrics] Oh, man, that soft cut out on me. / What you sayin’? / Yes, she copped a final on me.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 10 Feb. 7/1: The males were in [...] skimmers, kilt ties and appendages. The softs were in fine [...] swishes with accessories.|
4. see soft money n.
(Aus.) to seduce.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 17 Oct. 2/2: Ann Handley [...] was accused of coming the soft over an Adonis bearing the classic patronymic of Suang [...] and easing him of 5s.|
1. to make love.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Feb. 7/1: The cock that you see at his feet was a friend / Named Alectryon, a chap ever ready to lend / Assistance in watching whilst Venus and Mars / Were doing the soft until one night, my stars!|
2. to flatter.