- amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
- characterized by or showing such gentleness, as manners or speech: a mild voice.
- not cold, severe, or extreme, as air or weather: mild breezes.
- not sharp, pungent, or strong: a mild flavor.
- not acute or serious, as disease: a mild case of flu.
- gentle or moderate in force or effect: mild penalties.
- soft; pleasant: mild sunshine.
- moderate in intensity, degree, or character: mild regret.
- British Dialect. comparatively soft and easily worked, as soil, wood, or stone.
- Obsolete. kind or gracious.
- British. beer that has a blander taste than bitter.
Origin of mild
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Examples from the Web for mild
Francis is well into his seventies, looks it, has a mild demeanor and soft speaking style; but his rhetoric is electrifying.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
The new term denotes a spectrum of problem drinking that can range from mild to moderate to severe.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics
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TBIs can range anywhere from a mild concussion to catastrophic, fatal damage.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury
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And look at how mild her phrasing was: The South “has not always been the friendliest place” for black people.Why You Can’t Tell the Truth About Race
November 3, 2014
But the unknown potential health risks seem like a mild annoyance, if that, to Deen.Dinner With James Deen During Porn’s Latest HIV Scare
October 17, 2014
His countenance is mild and pleasant, and has a highly intellectual expression.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There is hostility to it still, but mild as compared with that felt by our great-great-grandfathers.The Conquest of Fear
Nevertheless all of them are similar and have a mild, sweet flavor.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
"A kleptomaniac," Smithson explained, retaining his manner of mild insistence.
But that mild and meek man had a certain strength of pertinacity.
- (of a taste, sensation, etc) not powerful or strong; blanda mild curry
- gentle or temperate in character, climate, behaviour, etc
- not extreme; moderatea mild rebuke
- feeble; unassertive
- British draught beer, of darker colour than bitter and flavoured with fewer hops
Word Origin and History for mild
Old English milde "gentle, merciful," from Proto-Germanic *milthjaz- (cf. Old Norse mildr, Old Saxon mildi, Old Frisian milde, Middle Dutch milde, Dutch mild, Old High German milti, German milde "mild," Gothic mildiþa "kindness"), from PIE *meldh-, from root *mel- "soft," with derivatives referring to soft or softened materials (cf. Greek malthon "weakling," myle "mill;" Latin molere "to grind;" Old Irish meldach "tender;" Sanskrit mrdh "to neglect," also "to be moist"). Originally of persons and powers; of the weather from c.1400, of disease from 1744. Also in Old English as an adverb, "mercifully, graciously."