- soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.
- well-matured, as wines.
- soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light.
- made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened.
- friable or loamy, as soil.
- mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high.
- pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood.
- affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students.
- to make or become mellow.
- Slang. a state, atmosphere, or mood of ease and gentle relaxation.
- mellow out, Slang.
- to become detached from worry, strife, stress, etc.; relax: After final exams let's go down to the beach and mellow out.
- to make more relaxed, agreeable, workable, etc.; soften or smooth: Chopin really mellows me out when I'm feeling tense.
Origin of mellow
Synonyms for mellow
Antonyms for mellow
Examples from the Web for unmellowed
Historical Examples of unmellowed
I pleaded that the reporters were often young men, eager, and unmellowed in their sense of literary art.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
But tell me, Isora, do you not love these rare scents that make an Araby of this unmellowed clime?Devereux, Complete
The place already had its historic associations, though, as yet, their roughness was unmellowed by the lapse of time.
Picture this house and church in crude white stone, unmellowed and toned by time, and half its charm would be gone.Nooks and Corners of Old England
And unmellowed gold acts in the same way upon the mouth of the pocket.Quiet Talks on Service
S. D. Gordon
- (esp of fruits) full-flavoured; sweet; ripe
- (esp of wines) well-matured
- (esp of colours or sounds) soft or rich
- kind-hearted, esp through maturity or old age
- genial, as through the effects of alcohol
- (of soil) soft and loamy
- to make or become mellow; soften; mature
- (foll by out) to become calm and relaxed or (esp of a drug) to have a calming or relaxing effect on (someone)
Word Origin for mellow
mid-15c., melwe "soft, sweet, juicy" (of ripe fruit), perhaps related to melowe, variant of mele "ground grain" (see meal (2)), influenced by Middle English merow "soft, tender," from Old English mearu. Meaning "slightly drunk" is from 1680s. Mellow yellow "banana peel smoked in an effort to get high" is from 1967. Related: Mellowly; mellowness.
1570s, from mellow (adj.). Related: Mellowed; mellowing.