- 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 mildly
In that sense, the last Report was mildly unsatisfying as a conclusion, in that it left so much unresolved.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale
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What makes Noah mildly ambivalent, yet cautiously optimistic?The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning
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What was once sexy and mildly transgressive—the perfect antidote to Twilight—devolved into a repetitive, unimaginative mess.'True Blood' Ends With a Whimper: The Sexy HBO Vampire Series Is (Finally) Over
August 25, 2014
As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.Morrissey Denies Ordering Hit on Fan
July 31, 2014
He claimed, “LaBeouf seems to carry with him, to put it mildly, a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes.”Shia LaBeouf’s Most Gangsta Move Yet: Getting Hauled Off In Handcuffs During Broadway’s ‘Cabaret’
June 27, 2014
I remonstrated with him mildly but firmly, but only received insolence in return.Brave and Bold
"Sir, you break the illusion of the scene," mildly remonstrates the showman.Main Street
"And she will want to know—things," hinted Cornelia, mildly.Quaint Courtships
But Miss Fogg said, mildly, "that she thought I wuz mistaken—she thought it wuz."Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 1.
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"I don't see, if I do, why I shouldn't have my little secret," I mildly replied.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- (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 mildly
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."
Idioms and Phrases with mildly
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