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.
Origin of mellow
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Related Words for mellownessability, experience, sophistication, capability, manhood, wisdom, maturation, prime, development, cultivation, completion, readiness, mentality, advancement, majority, perfection, fullness, fitness, civilization, womanhood
Examples from the Web for mellowness
Historical Examples of mellowness
The mellowness of its old-fashioned, tarnished decoration was gone.Chance
But these terms, irritation, mellowness, appeared gross when applied to her.The Arrow of Gold
His embarrassment vanished in the mellowness of that laughter.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922
Lucy Maud Montgomery
In the air was an autumn mellowness that had not been there the day before.Sally of Missouri
R. E. Young
The painting was illuminated with the mellowness of a tropical sunset.Summer Cruising in the South Seas
Charles Warren Stoddard
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.