adjective, mel·low·er, mel·low·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- 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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Related Words for mellow outunwind, recline, slow, slacken, ebb, wane, dwindle, recede, taper, subside, decrease, diminish, dull, quit, acquiesce, relax, soften, capitulate, comply, decline
Word Origin for mellow
mid-15c., melwe "soft, sweet, juicy" (of ripe fruit), perhaps related to melowe, variant of mele "ground grain" (see meal (2)), influenced by Middle English merow "soft, tender," from Old English mearu. Meaning "slightly drunk" is from 1680s. Mellow yellow "banana peel smoked in an effort to get high" is from 1967. Related: Mellowly; mellowness.
1570s, from mellow (adj.). Related: Mellowed; mellowing.
Become genial or pleasant, calm down, relax, as in The teacher mellowed out when they explained what had happened. This expression uses mellow in the sense of “ripening,” with the connotation of softness and sweetness. [Slang; late 1900s]