- soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.
- well-matured, as wines.
- soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light.
- made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened.
- friable or loamy, as soil.
- mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high.
- pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood.
- affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students.
- to make or become mellow.
- Slang. a state, atmosphere, or mood of ease and gentle relaxation.
- mellow out, Slang.
- to become detached from worry, strife, stress, etc.; relax: After final exams let's go down to the beach and mellow out.
- to make more relaxed, agreeable, workable, etc.; soften or smooth: Chopin really mellows me out when I'm feeling tense.
Origin of mellow
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Examples from the Web for mellowed
But a decade had passed, and Cosby had mellowed, and when he was offered the prize for a third time in 2009, he accepted.Why Comedians Still Think Bill Cosby Is a Genius
October 5, 2014
In the glass, the color is mellowed by the oak and is a mossier green.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
Now, at the age of 46, he has been mellowed by an all-access pass to literary America, winning most of the prizes around.Confessions of a Blasphemer: Sherman Alexie Talks New Book, Indian Humor and More
October 17, 2012
But for anyone who dreamed that Benedict had mellowed with age, the decision to hang the LCWR out to dry is a rude awakening.Return of the Rottweiler: Pope Benedict Cracks Down on Women’s Rights
April 25, 2012
But time and experience have mellowed the 54-year-old Oldman and sharpened his acting.‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’: Oscar Nominees Gary Oldman and Peter Straughan
February 15, 2012
It is some weeks since they entered Paris, and spring has mellowed into summer.Night and Morning, Complete
Even in Boston, mellowed though it was by culture, the classical was at a discount.Heroes of the Telegraph
The charms of Imogen had been in turn heightened with joy, and mellowed with distress.Imogen
And I found that it could be baited and mellowed only by a liberal tip.The Book of Khalid
Even the late experience with Mark was mellowed by the present delight.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
- (esp of fruits) full-flavoured; sweet; ripe
- (esp of wines) well-matured
- (esp of colours or sounds) soft or rich
- kind-hearted, esp through maturity or old age
- genial, as through the effects of alcohol
- (of soil) soft and loamy
- to make or become mellow; soften; mature
- (foll by out) to become calm and relaxed or (esp of a drug) to have a calming or relaxing effect on (someone)
Word Origin and History for mellowed
mid-15c., melwe "soft, sweet, juicy" (of ripe fruit), perhaps related to melowe, variant of mele "ground grain" (see meal (2)), influenced by Middle English merow "soft, tender," from Old English mearu. Meaning "slightly drunk" is from 1680s. Mellow yellow "banana peel smoked in an effort to get high" is from 1967. Related: Mellowly; mellowness.
1570s, from mellow (adj.). Related: Mellowed; mellowing.