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mild

[mahyld]
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adjective, mild·er, mild·est.
  1. amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
  2. characterized by or showing such gentleness, as manners or speech: a mild voice.
  3. not cold, severe, or extreme, as air or weather: mild breezes.
  4. not sharp, pungent, or strong: a mild flavor.
  5. not acute or serious, as disease: a mild case of flu.
  6. gentle or moderate in force or effect: mild penalties.
  7. soft; pleasant: mild sunshine.
  8. moderate in intensity, degree, or character: mild regret.
  9. British Dialect. comparatively soft and easily worked, as soil, wood, or stone.
  10. Obsolete. kind or gracious.
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noun
  1. British. beer that has a blander taste than bitter.
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Origin of mild

before 900; Middle English, Old English milde; cognate with German mild; akin to Greek malthakós soft
Related formsmild·ly, adverbmild·ness, nouno·ver·mild, adjectivesem·i·mild, adjectivesem·i·mild·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. soft, pleasant. See gentle. 3. temperate, moderate, clement. 4. bland.

Antonyms

1. forceful. 3. severe. 6. harsh.
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  • I remonstrated with him mildly but firmly, but only received insolence in return.

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  • "Sir, you break the illusion of the scene," mildly remonstrates the showman.

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  • "And she will want to know—things," hinted Cornelia, mildly.

  • But Miss Fogg said, mildly, "that she thought I wuz mistaken—she thought it wuz."

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  • "I don't see, if I do, why I shouldn't have my little secret," I mildly replied.

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British Dictionary definitions for mildly

mild

adjective
  1. (of a taste, sensation, etc) not powerful or strong; blanda mild curry
  2. gentle or temperate in character, climate, behaviour, etc
  3. not extreme; moderatea mild rebuke
  4. feeble; unassertive
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noun
  1. British draught beer, of darker colour than bitter and flavoured with fewer hops
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Derived Formsmildly, adverbmildness, noun

Word Origin

Old English milde; compare Old Saxon mildi, Old Norse mildr
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Word Origin and History for mildly

adv.

Old English mildelice "graciously, affably, kindly;" see mild + -ly (2). Phrase to put it mildly is attested from 1929.

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mild

adj.

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."

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Idioms and Phrases with mildly

mildly

see put it mildly.

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