- amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
- characterized by or showing such gentleness, as manners or speech: a mild voice.
- not cold, severe, or extreme, as air or weather: mild breezes.
- not sharp, pungent, or strong: a mild flavor.
- not acute or serious, as disease: a mild case of flu.
- gentle or moderate in force or effect: mild penalties.
- soft; pleasant: mild sunshine.
- moderate in intensity, degree, or character: mild regret.
- British Dialect. comparatively soft and easily worked, as soil, wood, or stone.
- Obsolete. kind or gracious.
- British. beer that has a blander taste than bitter.
Origin of mild
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Antonyms for mild
Related Words for mildtepid, delicate, peaceful, sunny, balmy, breezy, benign, warm, weak, calm, smooth, bland, mellow, moderate, soft, cool, temperate, subdued, tame, gentle
Examples from the Web for mild
Contemporary Examples of mild
Francis is well into his seventies, looks it, has a mild demeanor and soft speaking style; but his rhetoric is electrifying.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
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
November 25, 2014
TBIs can range anywhere from a mild concussion to catastrophic, fatal damage.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury
November 20, 2014
And look at how mild her phrasing was: The South “has not always been the friendliest place” for black people.Why You Can’t Tell the Truth About Race
November 3, 2014
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
October 17, 2014
Historical Examples of mild
His countenance is mild and pleasant, and has a highly intellectual expression.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There is hostility to it still, but mild as compared with that felt by our great-great-grandfathers.The Conquest of Fear
Nevertheless all of them are similar and have a mild, sweet flavor.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
But that mild and meek man had a certain strength of pertinacity.
"A kleptomaniac," Smithson explained, retaining his manner of mild insistence.
- (of a taste, sensation, etc) not powerful or strong; blanda mild curry
- gentle or temperate in character, climate, behaviour, etc
- not extreme; moderatea mild rebuke
- feeble; unassertive
- British draught beer, of darker colour than bitter and flavoured with fewer hops
Word Origin 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."