AskDefine | Define mild

Dictionary Definition

mild adj
1 moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme; "a mild winter storm"; "a mild fever"; "fortunately the pain was mild"; "a mild rebuke"; "mild criticism" [ant: intense]
2 humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing" [syn: meek, modest]
3 mild and pleasant; "balmy days and nights"; "the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth" [syn: balmy]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From milde; akin to Old Saxon mildi, Dutch mild, German mild, Icelandic mildur, Swedish mild, Danish mild, Gothic milds; confer Lithuanian melas ‘dear’.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈmaɪld/, /"maIld/
  • Rhymes: -aɪld

Adjective

en-adj er
  1. Gentle; pleasant; kind; soft; bland; clement; hence, moderate in degree or quality; -- the opposite of harsh, severe, irritating, violent, disagreeable, etc.; -- applied to persons and things; as, a mild disposition; a mild eye; a mild air; a mild medicine; a mild insanity.
    The rosy morn resigns her light And milder glory to the noon. -Waller.
    Adore him as a mild and merciful Being. -Rogers.

Antonyms

Translations

Noun

  1. A relatively low-gravity beer, often with a dark colour; mild ale

Derived terms

Dutch

Adjective

mild (Alternative form: milde, : milder, : mildst)

German

Etymology

From milti.

Adjective

mild (milder, am mildesten)

Swedish

Adjective

  1. mild, gentle
  2. bland; not hot or strong (about taste of food)
  3. weak; not corrosive or aggressive
    en mild ättiksyralösning
    a weak solution of acetic acid
  4. not extreme; about weather: neither hot nor cold

Extensive Definition

Mild is a generic term that is normally used to mean average, bland (lacking zest), or not strong. The following is sometimes described as "mild":
It may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Saturnian, accepting, aestival, affable, agreeable, amiable, balmy, benign, benignant, bland, blood-hot, blood-warm, bonhomous, bright, broken, calid, calm, calming, chastened, choice, clement, compassionate, complaisant, conciliatory, cordial, dainty, dead, deferential, delicate, demulcent, dilute, diluted, docile, domesticated, dovelike, easy, easy-natured, easygoing, emollient, equable, equatorial, exquisite, fade, faint, fair, flat, flavorless, forbearant, forbearing, forgiving, genial, gentle, good-humored, good-natured, good-tempered, gruelly, halcyon, housebroken, humane, humble, inane, indifferent, indulgent, inoffensive, insipid, jejune, judicious, kind, kindly, lamblike, lax, lenient, lenitive, luke, lukewarm, meek, mellow, mellowy, merciful, mild as milk, milk-and-water, moderate, modest, mollified, mollifying, nonresistive, nonrigid, nonviolent, obeisant, obliging, pacific, pacifistic, pappy, passive, patient, peaceable, peaceful, placid, pleasant, prudent, pulpy, quiet, room-temperature, sapless, savorless, serene, smooth, sober, soft, soft as putty, softened, softening, soothing, spiceless, stale, subdued, submissive, subservient, subtropical, summery, sunny, sunshiny, sweet, sweet-tempered, tame, tamed, tasteless, temperate, tender, tepid, thermal, thermic, thin, toasty, tolerant, tractable, tranquil, tropical, unassuming, unflavored, unfrozen, unsavory, vapid, warm, warm as toast, warmish, washy, watered, watered-down, watery, weak, well-natured, whisper-soft, wishy-washy, yielding
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