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mellow

[mel-oh]
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adjective, mel·low·er, mel·low·est.
  1. soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.
  2. well-matured, as wines.
  3. soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light.
  4. made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened.
  5. friable or loamy, as soil.
  6. mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high.
  7. pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood.
  8. affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become mellow.
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noun
  1. Slang. a state, atmosphere, or mood of ease and gentle relaxation.
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Verb Phrases
  1. mellow out, Slang.
    1. to become detached from worry, strife, stress, etc.; relax: After final exams let's go down to the beach and mellow out.
    2. to make more relaxed, agreeable, workable, etc.; soften or smooth: Chopin really mellows me out when I'm feeling tense.
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Origin of mellow

1400–50; late Middle English mel(o)we, alteration (perhaps by dissimilation, in phrase meruw fruit) of Middle English meruw, Old English meru soft
Related formsmel·low·ly, adverbmel·low·ness, nouno·ver·mel·low, adjectiveo·ver·mel·low·ly, adverbo·ver·mel·low·ness, nounun·mel·low, adjectiveun·mel·lowed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. See ripe. 9. develop, mature, improve.

Antonyms

1. immature, raw, green. 3. harsh.
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Examples from the Web for unmellowed

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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.

  • And unmellowed gold acts in the same way upon the mouth of the pocket.


British Dictionary definitions for unmellowed

mellow

adjective
  1. (esp of fruits) full-flavoured; sweet; ripe
  2. (esp of wines) well-matured
  3. (esp of colours or sounds) soft or rich
  4. kind-hearted, esp through maturity or old age
  5. genial, as through the effects of alcohol
  6. (of soil) soft and loamy
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verb
  1. to make or become mellow; soften; mature
  2. (foll by out) to become calm and relaxed or (esp of a drug) to have a calming or relaxing effect on (someone)
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Derived Formsmellowly, adverbmellowness, noun

Word Origin

C15: perhaps from Old English meru soft (as through ripeness)
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Word Origin and History for unmellowed

mellow

adj.

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.

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mellow

v.

1570s, from mellow (adj.). Related: Mellowed; mellowing.

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