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Meaning of mild by Wiktionary Dictionary

mild


    Etymology

    From Old English milde, from Proto-Germanic *mildijaz; cognate with Old Saxon mildi, Old Frisian milde, Dutch mild, Old High German milti ( < German mild ), Old Norse mildr ( < Icelandic mildur, Swedish mild, Danish mild ), and Gothic milds; compare Lithuanian melas ‘dear’ .

    Pronunciation

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

    Adjective

    mild ( comparative milder, superlative mildest )

    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 .

    Synonyms

    • soft, gentle, bland, calm, tranquil, soothing, pleasant, placid, meek, kind, tender, indulgent, clement, mollifying, lenitive, assuasive
    • See also Wikisaurus:intermediate

    Antonyms

    Noun

    mild ( plural: milds )

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

    Derived terms

    External links

    • mild in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • mild in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • mild at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of mild by Wordnet Dictionary

mild


    Adjective
    1. mild and pleasant

    2. the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth
    3. moderate in type or degree or effect or force

    4. a mild winter storm
      a mild fever
      fortunately the pain was mild
      a mild rebuke
      mild criticism
    5. humble in spirit or manner



    Definition of mild by GCIDE Dictionary

    mild


    1. Mild ( mīld ), a. [Compar. Milder ; superl. Mildest.] [AS. milde; akin to OS. mildi, D. & G. mild, OHG. milti, Icel. mildr, Sw. & Dan. mild, Goth. milds; cf. Lith. melas dear, Gr. gladdening gifts.] 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.

      Mild steel, or Low steel, steel that has but little carbon in it and is not readily hardened.

      Syn. -- Soft; gentle; bland; calm; tranquil; soothing; pleasant; placid; meek; kind; tender; indulgent; clement; mollifying; lenitive; assuasive. See Gentle.