Definition of mild
1 : gentle in nature or behavior has a mild disposition
2a (1) : moderate in action or effect a mild sedative (2) : not sharp, spicy, or bitter mild cheese mild aleb : not being or involving what is extreme an analysis under mild conditions
3 : not severe : temperate a mild climate mild symptoms of disease
mildlyplay \mī(-ə)l(d)-lē\ adverb
mildnessplay \ˈmī(-ə)l(d)-nəs\ noun
Examples of mild in a Sentence
He has a mild manner.
He was a mild-mannered man who rarely became angry.
They had a mild disagreement.
She has a mild case of the flu.
He suffered a mild concussion attack.
a mild reprimand, not a stern one
We've been having a very mild winter.
Recent Examples of mild from the Web
Lows are milder once again, in the mid to upper 60s, with winds still from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph.
The result is a sipping liquor, with weight and a mild, grainy sweetness that doesn't catch like fire at the back of your throat.
Both have the Ivy League in their futures, leaving mild weather and homes not far from the beach for the snowy, windy, cold winters of New England.
Also, midfielder Harry Shipp has a mild hip flexor strain and likely won’t play at all versus the Crew.
That all changed when Charles Vansant, a 25-year-old taking the first swim of his summer vacation, struck out into the mild surf.
Back in January, Banderas suffered a mild heart attack.
Cocoa output in Ghana and neighboring Ivory Coast, the top producer, has benefited this year from early rains and a mild Harmattan -- winds from the Sahara that bring dry weather and coolness to West Africa from December to February.
These flowers have the color of mustard, but, surprisingly, a very mild flavor.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th century
MILD Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of mild for Students
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
mildlyadverb spoke mildly
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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