Origin of mixed

1400–50; late Middle English mixt < Latin mixtus, past participle of miscēre to mingle. Cf. mix
Related formsmix·ed·ly [mik-sid-lee, mikst-lee] /ˈmɪk sɪd li, ˈmɪkst li/, adverbmix·ed·ness, nounwell-mixed, adjective



verb (used with object), mixed or mixt, mix·ing.

to combine (substances, elements, things, etc.) into one mass, collection, or assemblage, generally with a thorough blending of the constituents.
to put together indiscriminately or confusedly (often followed by up).
to combine, unite, or join: to mix business and pleasure.
to add as an element or ingredient: Mix some salt into the flour.
to form or make by combining ingredients: to mix a cake; to mix mortar.
to crossbreed.
  1. to combine, blend, edit, etc. (the various components of a soundtrack): to mix dialogue and sound effects.
  2. to complete the mixing process on (a film, soundtrack, etc.): an important movie that took months to mix.
to combine (two or more separate recordings or microphone signals) to make a single recording or composite signal.

verb (used without object), mixed or mixt, mix·ing.

to become mixed: a paint that mixes easily with water.
to associate or mingle, as in company: to mix with the other guests at a party.
to be crossbred, or of mixed breeding.
Boxing. to exchange blows vigorously and aggressively: The crowd jeered as the fighters clinched, refusing to mix.


an act or instance of mixing.
the result of mixing; mixture: cement mix; an odd mix of gaiety and sadness.
a commercially prepared blend of ingredients to which usually only a liquid must be added to make up the total of ingredients necessary or obtain the desired consistency: a cake mix; muffin mix.
Music. music or songs selected and recorded as a mixtape: the ultimate one-hour workout mix; a mix of Christmas songs; a DJ mix.
the proportion of ingredients in a mixture; formula: a mix of two to one.
Informal. a mess or muddle; mix-up.
Music. an electronic blending of tracks or sounds made to produce a recording.

Verb Phrases

mix down, to mix the tracks of an existing recording to make a new recording with fewer tracks: the four-track tape was mixed down to stereo.
mix up,
  1. to confuse completely, especially to mistake one person or thing for another: The teacher was always mixing up the twins.
  2. to involve or entangle.

Origin of mix

1470–80; back formation from mixt mixed
Related formsmix·a·ble, adjectivemix·a·bil·i·ty, mix·a·ble·ness, nouno·ver·mix, verbun·mix, verb (used with object)un·mix·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for mix

1, 9. commingle, jumble, unite, amalgamate, fuse. Mix, blend, combine, mingle concern the bringing of two or more things into more or less intimate association. Mix is the general word for such association: to mix fruit juices. Blend implies such a harmonious joining of two or more types of colors, feelings, etc., that the new product formed displays some of the qualities of each: to blend fragrances or whiskeys. Combine implies such a close or intimate union that distinction between the parts is lost: to combine forces. Mingle usually suggests retained identity of the parts: to mingle voices. 9. coalesce. 14. concoction; formula.
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formed or blended together by mixing
composed of different elements, races, sexes, etca mixed school
consisting of conflicting elements, thoughts, attitudes, etcmixed feelings; mixed motives
(of a legal action)
  1. having the nature of both a real and a personal action, such as a demand for the return of wrongfully withheld property as well as for damages to compensate for the loss
  2. having aspects or issues determinable by different persons or bodiesa mixed question of law and fact
(of an inflorescence) containing cymose and racemose branches
(of a nerve) containing both motor and sensory nerve fibres
  1. (of a number) consisting of the sum of an integer and a fraction, as 5 1/2
  2. (of a decimal) consisting of the sum of an integer and a decimal fraction, as 17.43
  3. (of an algebraic expression) consisting of the sum of a polynomial and a rational fraction, such as 2 x + 4 x ² + 2/3 x
Derived Formsmixedly (ˈmɪksɪdlɪ), adverbmixedness (ˈmɪksɪdnɪs), noun



(tr) to combine or blend (ingredients, liquids, objects, etc) together into one mass
(intr) to become or have the capacity to become combined, joined, etcsome chemicals do not mix
(tr) to form (something) by combining two or more constituentsto mix cement
(tr; often foll by in or into) to add as an additional part or element (to a mass or compound)to mix flour into a batter
(tr) to do at the same time; combineto mix study and pleasure
(tr) to consume (drinks or foods) in close succession
to come or cause to come into association sociallyPauline has never mixed well
(intr often foll by with) to go together; complement
(tr) to crossbreed (differing strains of plants or breeds of livestock), esp more or less at random
(tr) electronics to combine (two or more signals)
  1. (in sound recording) to balance and adjust (the recorded tracks) on a multitrack tape machine
  2. (in live performance) to balance and adjust (the output levels from microphones and pick-ups)
(tr) to merge (two lengths of film) so that the effect is imperceptible
mix it informal
  1. to cause mischief or trouble, often for a person namedshe tried to mix it for John
  2. to fight


the act or an instance of mixing
the result of mixing; mixture
a mixture of ingredients, esp one commercially prepared for making a cake, bread, etc
music the sound obtained by mixing
building trades civil engineering the proportions of cement, sand, and aggregate in mortar, plaster, or concrete
informal a state of confusion, bewilderment
See also mix-up
Derived Formsmixable, adjectivemixability, noun

Word Origin for mix

C15: back formation from mixt mixed, via Old French from Latin mixtus, from miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for mixed

mid-15c., from past participle of mix (v.). Mixed blessing from 1933. Mixed marriage is from 1690s (originally in a religious context; racial sense was in use by 1942 in U.S., though mixed breed in reference to mulattoes is found by 1775). Mixed bag "heterogeneous collection" is from 1936. Mixed up is from 1884 as "confused," from 1862 as "involved."

Mixed drink in the modern liquor sense is recorded by 1868; the thing itself is older; Bartlett (1859) lists sixty names "given to the various compounds or mixtures of spirituous liquors and wines served up in fashionable bar rooms in the United States," all from a single advertisement. The list includes Tippe na Pecco, Moral suasion, Vox populi, Jewett's fancy, Ne plus ultra, Shambro, Virginia fancy, Stone wall, Smasher, Slingflip, Pig and whistle, Cocktail, Phlegm-cutter, Switchel flip, Tip and Ty, Ching-ching, Fiscal agent, Slip ticket, Epicure's punch.



1530s, back-formation from Middle English myxte (early 15c.) "composed of more than one element, of mixed nature," from Anglo-French mixte, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere "to mix, mingle, blend; fraternize with; throw into confusion," from PIE *meik- "to mix" (cf. Sanskrit misrah "mixed," Greek misgein, mignynai "to mix, mix up, mingle; to join, bring together; join (battle); make acquainted with," Old Church Slavonic mešo, mesiti "to mix," Russian meshat, Lithuanian maišau "to mix, mingle," Welsh mysgu). Also borrowed in Old English as miscian. Related: Mixed; mixing.



1580s, "act of mixing," from mix (v.).

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