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adjective,mild·er, mild·est.
  1. amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.

  2. characterized by or showing such gentleness, as manners or speech: a mild voice.

  1. not cold, severe, or extreme, as air or weather: mild breezes.

  2. not sharp, pungent, or strong: a mild flavor.

  3. not acute or serious, as disease: a mild case of flu.

  4. gentle or moderate in force or effect: mild penalties.

  5. soft; pleasant: mild sunshine.

  6. moderate in intensity, degree, or character: mild regret.

  7. British Dialect. comparatively soft and easily worked, as soil, wood, or stone.

  8. Obsolete. kind or gracious.

  1. British. beer that has a blander taste than bitter.

Origin of mild

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English milde; cognate with German mild; akin to Greek malthakós “soft”

synonym study For mild

1. See gentle.

Other words for mild

Opposites for mild

Other words from mild

  • mildly, adverb
  • mildness, noun
  • o·ver·mild, adjective
  • sem·i·mild, adjective
  • sem·i·mild·ness, noun

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How to use mild in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mild


/ (maɪld) /

  1. (of a taste, sensation, etc) not powerful or strong; bland: a mild curry

  2. gentle or temperate in character, climate, behaviour, etc

  1. not extreme; moderate: a mild rebuke

  2. feeble; unassertive

  1. British draught beer, of darker colour than bitter and flavoured with fewer hops

Origin of mild

Old English milde; compare Old Saxon mildi, Old Norse mildr

Derived forms of mild

  • mildly, adverb
  • mildness, noun

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