adjective, mild·er, mild·est.
Origin of mild
Examples from the Web for mild
Francis is well into his seventies, looks it, has a mild demeanor and soft speaking style; but his rhetoric is electrifying.
Garner moved his arm away, a mild response in keeping with a man not known for violence.
The new term denotes a spectrum of problem drinking that can range from mild to moderate to severe.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics|Gabrielle Glaser|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
TBIs can range anywhere from a mild concussion to catastrophic, fatal damage.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury|Jean Kim|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the unknown potential health risks seem like a mild annoyance, if that, to Deen.Dinner With James Deen During Porn’s Latest HIV Scare|Emily Shire|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is of a mild, genial disposition, with but little force of character.
A mild and lovely day on our island but in the bay a breeze from the north that would have made our rowing to Seward difficult.Wilderness, A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska|Rockwell Kent
The waters here are comparatively pure and the current mild.Mary and I|Stephen Return Riggs
"No; but you shall learn to know me," said the man with the mild face, and with this he struck Nils a blow over one eye.Arne: Early Tales and Sketches|Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The maid appeared at once, still looking very small and mild; but one glance told her that the worst was past.The Diva's Ruby|F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for mild
Word Origin for mild
Word Origin and History for mild
Old English milde "gentle, merciful," from Proto-Germanic *milthjaz- (cf. Old Norse mildr, Old Saxon mildi, Old Frisian milde, Middle Dutch milde, Dutch mild, Old High German milti, German milde "mild," Gothic mildiþa "kindness"), from PIE *meldh-, from root *mel- "soft," with derivatives referring to soft or softened materials (cf. Greek malthon "weakling," myle "mill;" Latin molere "to grind;" Old Irish meldach "tender;" Sanskrit mrdh "to neglect," also "to be moist"). Originally of persons and powers; of the weather from c.1400, of disease from 1744. Also in Old English as an adverb, "mercifully, graciously."