\ ˈmī(-ə)ld How to pronounce mild (audio) \

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 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

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Other Words from mild

mildly \ mī(-​ə)l(d)-​lē How to pronounce mild (audio) \ adverb
mildness \ ˈmī(-​ə)l(d)-​nəs How to pronounce mild (audio) \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Plus, some individuals may experience mild side effects like an upset stomach, dizziness, nausea and diarrhea when taking turmeric. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "5 Evidence-Based Turmeric Health Benefits You Should Know About," 22 Apr. 2021 Many recipients experience mild side effects, like arm soreness, fatigue, headache or a low-grade fever, while others may have no side effects at all. Emily Mullin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Experts Answer Eight Key Questions About Covid-19 Vaccine Reactions," 20 Apr. 2021 And there is another complication — even mild side effects from a vaccine might disrupt preparing and qualifying for the Games. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: That’s a question for U.S. athletes going to Tokyo," 15 Apr. 2021 Fish oil supplements can cause mild side effects such as burping, bad breath, heartburn and nausea, but taking them with food or freezing them can help alleviate these effects. Bryony Gilbey,, "The health benefits of fish oil," 11 Apr. 2021 So, why do some vaccine recipients experience a strong reaction to the second shot, while others undergo mild or no side effects at all? Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "That second shot of COVID-19 vaccine can cause a headache and then some, but it works," 6 Apr. 2021 Many people feel mild side effects, such as soreness at the injection site and low fever, after receiving the vaccine. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Who should skip the second shot of coronavirus vaccine? We’ve got answers," 2 Mar. 2021 Like most vaccines, the Pfizer and Moderna shots may cause mild side effects: pain, swelling and redness in the arm where the dose was received. Dallas News, "North Texas COVID-19 vaccine guide: Everything you need to know," 11 Feb. 2021 The vaccines are safe and effective, though mild side effects are common. oregonlive, "How to schedule COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon: 5 things to know as seniors 80 and older become eligible," 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of mild

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mild

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

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The first known use of mild was before the 12th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Mild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mild

: gentle in nature or behavior
: not strong in action or effect
: not strong or harsh in taste


\ ˈmīld How to pronounce mild (audio) \
milder; mildest

Kids Definition of mild

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

Other Words from mild

mildly adverb spoke mildly


\ ˈmī(ə)ld How to pronounce mild (audio) \

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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