- 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 mellower
Today, Eel Pie Island is home to a mellower bunch: retirees, artists, and the like.The Isle Where the Rolling Stones Began
September 5, 2014
Cucumber Sangria Usually sangria is made with just fruit, but we love to add sliced cucumber for a mellower flavor.A Savory Spring Picnic
Jamie & Bobby Deen
April 19, 2011
There was also a smaller (shepherd's) trumpet of mellower tone.Music and Some Highly Musical People
James M. Trotter
She had Aminta's voice in some tones; a mellower than Aminta's—the voice of one of Aminta's family.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
Nearer and nearer it came and mellower and mellower it grew.The Great Sioux Trail
And probably the less you have to be mellow over, the mellower you will be.My Friend Annabel Lee
As the hours advance it sheds an ever mellower tone upon the views.The Alps
- (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 mellower
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.