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[mahyld] /maɪld/
adjective, milder, mildest.
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
before 900; Middle English, Old English milde; cognate with German mild; akin to Greek malthakós soft
Related forms
mildly, adverb
mildness, noun
overmild, adjective
semimild, adjective
semimildness, noun
1. soft, pleasant. See gentle. 3. temperate, moderate, clement. 4. bland.
1. forceful. 3. severe. 6. harsh. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mildest
Historical Examples
  • May I thus give the mildest rebuke to your inconsistency of conduct?

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • That is probably the mildest degree in the scale of unpleasantness.

  • It followed naturally, his disposition not being of the mildest, that he was very angry.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • He had never given her an opening for the mildest finding of fault.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Jeffries resumed his mildest tone: “Tell him to come in a minute, John.”

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • So I shall say naughty things still, but in the mildest way.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • Perhaps we may be pardoned the reproduction of one of the mildest of these naughtinesses.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • It had happened within seconds; the fifth prowler attack that night and the mildest.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • He said: "That is the mildest name I have ever been called."

    Riders of the Silences

    John Frederick
  • Her highest praise was the "not bad" of mildest negative approval.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
British Dictionary definitions for mildest


(of a taste, sensation, etc) not powerful or strong; bland: a mild curry
gentle or temperate in character, climate, behaviour, etc
not extreme; moderate: a mild rebuke
feeble; unassertive
(Brit) draught beer, of darker colour than bitter and flavoured with fewer hops
Derived Forms
mildly, adverb
mildness, noun
Word Origin
Old English milde; compare Old Saxon mildi, Old Norse mildr
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mildest



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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