- to become detached from worry, strife, stress, etc.; relax: After final exams let's go down to the beach and mellow out.
- to make more relaxed, agreeable, workable, etc.; soften or smooth: Chopin really mellows me out when I'm feeling tense.
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What does mellow mean?
Mellow means soft, sweet, and full of flavor, usually in reference to ripe fruits.
Mellow can also mean well matured, especially in reference to wine.
Mellow can also mean soft and rich, usually in reference to sound, color, or musical tone.
And mellow can describe a mild and pleasant intoxication or high.
You’ll also see mellow used in reference to people. A mellow person is usually easy-going and relaxed. If they’ve mellowed over time, they’ve become more relaxed.
In slang, mellow means a mood or atmosphere of relaxation. You might hear something like “Don’t harsh my mellow,” meaning “Don’t spoil my good mood.”
Example: Luis became much more mellow after they left their stressful job.
Where does mellow come from?
The first records of the term mellow come from around the early 1400s. It ultimately comes from the Old English word meru, meaning “soft.”
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How is mellow used in real life?
Mellow is a common word used to describe something that is pleasantly agreeable in some way.
Ikat was one of our original beers and our first ever DIPA 🍺
Full bodied and packed full of tropical notes of Guava, Mango & Passionfruit, these fruit flavours make way for mellow notes of honey, with a smooth but bold finish 👌🏻
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— SALT (@SaltBeerFactory) November 4, 2020
It's not "barred" as in total ban.
It's just the zeitgeist.
The Danes saying, "You don't need it if you are under 50" is a warning.
In practice it could mean ban. It depends how the Danes apply the guideline – which are rare there.
They are pretty mellow and sensible people.
— Injectionjab (@Injectionjab) September 15, 2022
Donkey in Norwich this morning. Surprisingly mellow, given the circumstances. pic.twitter.com/GRHR72eyfC
— Sam Jordison (@samjordison) November 4, 2020
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How to use mellow in a sentence
He’s also heard customers, often male, say they are planning to ride mellow trails while coveting bikes with aggressive, slack geometry that got good magazine reviews but were tested on very different terrain.Your Brain Is Tricking You into Buying the Wrong Gear|Heather Hansman|November 24, 2020|Outside Online
Their milder flavor means you can follow Winslow’s advice and use shallots for a modified version of creamed onions, typically made with mellow pearl onions.Onions, shallots, scallions and leeks are mostly interchangeable in recipes. Here’s how to use what you have.|Becky Krystal|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
I can’t quite explain why it was so delightful—the mellow vibe, his untroubled demeanor, the easy mastery of the skateboard, but damn.A TikTok star’s ‘Dreams’ come true|Ellen McGirt|October 7, 2020|Fortune
From a distance, they may appear deceptively mellow, but they’re filled with craggy granite peaks, waterfalls, and tight gorges, so hikes are often full of rock scrambles and river crossings.The Ultimate Shenandoah National Park Travel Guide|Graham Averill|October 7, 2020|Outside Online
For others, it’s a mellow cruise on easy dirt just outside of town.Three Family-Friendly Adventures to Try This Fall|Outside Editors|September 17, 2020|Outside Online
The following bright and mellow Monday, Uriguen cradles the new child.Idaho Woman Who Gave Birth on Highway: ‘I Had to Pull My Pants Down to Get the Baby Out’|Dale Eisinger|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Muhammad Ali in Excelsis by Peter Richmond from GQ, April 1998 He is in mellow middle age now.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali|Peter Richmond|February 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His first wife, Sarah Loewen, recalled him as being “mellow.”Terry Lee Loewen, the Mellow Kansas Man Who Dreamed of Jihad|Michael Daly|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As his longtime friend Bishop Desmond Tutu once told Sky News, “he needed that time in prison to mellow.”Anger at the Heart of Nelson Mandela’s Violent Struggle|Christopher Dickey|December 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Can you put "mellow" on the label, or just give the chemical content?Meet Mark Kleiman, the Man Who Will Be Washington State’s Pot Czar|Abby Haglage|March 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The day was perfect; as clear and bright, as mellow and crisp, as rich in colour, as only an October day in England can be.
The warmest land is chosen—mellow and free from stones or shaded by trees and prepared as if for a garden.
The flavor is rich and mellow; a little more oily than Havana leaf.
The moon rose majestically above the distant trees; her full, round, and yellow orb cast a mellow light upon our group.Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
On this sweet lawn the inmates and guests walked for sun and mellow air, and often played bowls at eventide.