mild

adjective \ ˈmī(-ə)ld \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of mild

1 : gentle in nature or behavior
  • has a mild disposition
2 a (1) : moderate in action or effect
  • a mild sedative
(2) : not sharp, spicy, or bitter
  • mild cheese
  • mild ale
b : not being or involving what is extreme
  • an analysis under mild conditions
3 : not severe : temperate
  • a mild climate
  • mild symptoms of disease

mildly

play \mī(-ə)l(d)-lē\ adverb

mildness

play \ˈmī(-ə)l(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of mild in a Sentence

  1. He has a mild manner.

  2. He was a mild-mannered man who rarely became angry.

  3. They had a mild disagreement.

  4. She has a mild case of the flu.

  5. He suffered a mild concussion attack.

  6. a mild reprimand, not a stern one

  7. We've been having a very mild winter.

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Origin and Etymology of mild

Middle English, from Old English milde; akin to Greek malthakos soft, Latin mollis — more at melt



MILD Defined for English Language Learners

mild

adjective

Definition of mild for English Language Learners

  • : gentle in nature or behavior

  • : not strong in action or effect

  • : not strong or harsh in taste


MILD Defined for Kids

mild

adjective \ ˈmīld \

Definition of mild for Students

milder; mildest
1 : gentle in personality or behavior
  • a mild young man
2 : not strong or harsh in action or effect
  • mild soap
3 : not sharp, spicy, or bitter
  • mild cheese
4 : not extreme or severe
  • mild weather
  • a mild headache

mildly

adverb
  • spoke mildly

mildness

noun

Medical Dictionary

mild

adjective \ ˈmī(ə)ld \

medical Definition of mild

1 : moderate in action or effect
  • a mild drug
2 : not severe
  • a mild case of the flu


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