- 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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Examples from the Web for mildness
There is a coolness amid all the heat, a mildness in the blazing noon.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
There is no cheese superior to them in richness and mildness.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
But if they were all mildness toward her, they were all fierceness toward one another.White Fang
One of the reasons for my mildness in public is that I have to be mild at home.
Mildness which has never been put to the proof, is often only counterfeit.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
- (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 and History for mildness
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."