- 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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Related Wordsability, 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
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
- (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 mellowness
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.