mellow

[mel-oh]
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adjective, mel·low·er, mel·low·est.
  1. soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.
  2. well-matured, as wines.
  3. soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light.
  4. made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened.
  5. friable or loamy, as soil.
  6. mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high.
  7. pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood.
  8. affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become mellow.
noun
  1. Slang. a state, atmosphere, or mood of ease and gentle relaxation.
Verb Phrases
  1. mellow out, Slang.
    1. to become detached from worry, strife, stress, etc.; relax: After final exams let's go down to the beach and mellow out.
    2. to make more relaxed, agreeable, workable, etc.; soften or smooth: Chopin really mellows me out when I'm feeling tense.

Origin of mellow

1400–50; late Middle English mel(o)we, alteration (perhaps by dissimilation, in phrase meruw fruit) of Middle English meruw, Old English meru soft
Related formsmel·low·ly, adverbmel·low·ness, nouno·ver·mel·low, adjectiveo·ver·mel·low·ly, adverbo·ver·mel·low·ness, nounun·mel·low, adjectiveun·mel·lowed, adjective

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1. See ripe. 9. develop, mature, improve.

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British Dictionary definitions for mellowness

mellow

adjective
  1. (esp of fruits) full-flavoured; sweet; ripe
  2. (esp of wines) well-matured
  3. (esp of colours or sounds) soft or rich
  4. kind-hearted, esp through maturity or old age
  5. genial, as through the effects of alcohol
  6. (of soil) soft and loamy
verb
  1. to make or become mellow; soften; mature
  2. (foll by out) to become calm and relaxed or (esp of a drug) to have a calming or relaxing effect on (someone)
Derived Formsmellowly, adverbmellowness, noun

Word Origin for mellow

C15: perhaps from Old English meru soft (as through ripeness)
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Word Origin and History for mellowness

mellow

adj.

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.

mellow

v.

1570s, from mellow (adj.). Related: Mellowed; mellowing.

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