from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Gentle or kind in disposition, manners, or behavior.
- adj. Moderate in type, degree, effect, or force: a mild pipe tobacco; a mild sedative.
- adj. Not extreme: a mild winter storm.
- adj. Warm and full of sunshine; pleasant: a mild spring day; mild weather in June.
- adj. Not severe or acute: a mild fever.
- adj. Easily molded, shaped, or worked; malleable: mild steel.
- intransitive v. Texas & Virginia To diminish or decrease. Used of the wind or a storm. See Regional Note at fair1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Gentle and not easily provoked:
- n. A relatively low-gravity beer, often with a dark colour; mild ale
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing softness or gentleness of disposition; soft-mannered; kindly disposed; good-tempered.
- Exercising gentleness in conduct or action; not harsh or unfeeling; considerate; conciliatory.
- Marked by softness or kindness; gentle in character, method, or appearance; manifesting or expressing mildness; mollifying; tranquil; placid: as, mild words or manners; a mild rebuke; a mild aspect.
- Gentle or moderate in force, operation, or effect; not harsh or irritating; emollient; bland; genial: as, mild medicine; mild winds; a mild remedy.
- Moderate in quality or degree; of mitigated force; weak in kind; free from harshness or roughness; hence, not hard to endure, manage, etc.: as, mild fruit; mild dissipation; mild efforts.
- Hence, new; not having gained the taste that comes by keeping: said of malt liquors: as, mild ale
- See the quotation.
- [Mild forms the first element in a number of compounds of obvious signification: for example, mild-flavored, mild-looking, mild-mannered, mild-spirited, mild-tempered.]
- n. Mildness; gentleness.
- To become mild.
- To make merciful.
- To pity; pardon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. mild and pleasant
- adj. humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
- adj. moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
Middle English, from Old English milde; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English milde, from Proto-Germanic *mildijaz; cognate with Old Saxon mildi, Old Frisian milde, West Frisian myld, Dutch mild, Old High German milti (< German mild), Old Norse mildr (< Icelandic mildur, Swedish mild, Danish mild), and Gothic milds; compare Lithuanian melas ‘dear’. (Wiktionary)