A mellowing in his later fiction (to the lament of some admirers) may owe something to personal happiness.
He spoke frequently of the women in his life and their mellowing influence on him.
Whence came the mellowing influence, seeing that we had been, as our custom is, very innocent of wine?
"It was for one fellow, though," he continued, mellowing as he mused in his recollections.
Thoughts like these shed the mellowing influence of time over the volumes of press cuttings which no actor's library is without.
The time was October, the weather ideal, the golden haze of Indian Summer mellowing every line of landscape.
I like to allow its mellowing influence to be exerted as often as possible on my rather harum-scarum relative.
He paused, and looked across the wide, mellowing plain with the expression of easy-going gravity so common with him.
Slowly the mellowing influence of the grape pronounced itself.
It is under the mellowing influence of a smile that the hardest men fall.
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.