- soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.
- well-matured, as wines.
- soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light.
- made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened.
- friable or loamy, as soil.
- mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high.
- pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood.
- affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students.
- to make or become mellow.
- Slang. a state, atmosphere, or mood of ease and gentle relaxation.
- mellow out, Slang.
- 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.
Origin of mellow
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Examples from the Web for mellowing
A mellowing in his later fiction (to the lament of some admirers) may owe something to personal happiness.All Novels Are Spy Novels: Ian McEwan Talks ‘Sweet Tooth’ and His Life
November 15, 2012
He spoke frequently of the women in his life and their mellowing influence on him.Ellroy's American Underworld
September 23, 2009
Mellowing rapidly, he was a pleasanter companion than before.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Slowly the mellowing influence of the grape pronounced itself.Bardelys the Magnificent
She had her boys, the sunsets and sunrises, the mellowing beauty of the year.The Heart of Rachael
It was like moonlight to the earth, mellowing and softening all lines and angles.Dawn
Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
"It was for one fellow, though," he continued, mellowing as he mused in his recollections.Blindfolded
Earle Ashley Walcott
- (esp of fruits) full-flavoured; sweet; ripe
- (esp of wines) well-matured
- (esp of colours or sounds) soft or rich
- kind-hearted, esp through maturity or old age
- genial, as through the effects of alcohol
- (of soil) soft and loamy
- to make or become mellow; soften; mature
- (foll by out) to become calm and relaxed or (esp of a drug) to have a calming or relaxing effect on (someone)
Word Origin and History for mellowing
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.