\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web While many cases of long Covid are mild and resolve within a few months, other patients continue to suffer for an extended time. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 18 Sep. 2022 Some crisps are relatively mild, with only the slightest tinge of spice. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 Overnight lows will be mild, with temperatures only dipping into the 50s. oregonlive, 12 Sep. 2022 Illness caused by the bacteria usually is mild and clears up on its own, but in rare cases, a potentially life-threatening complication can result about a week following the initial infection, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 6 Sep. 2022 With temperatures expected to soar over 100 degrees inland this holiday weekend, here are some things to do and places to go in and around San Francisco, where the temperature is expected to be much more mild. San Francisco Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2022 These can be mild and will appear after eating the salad dressing. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Sep. 2022 That night was mild, with pinkish clouds drifting through a clear sky over the Seine. People Staff, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 Go camping in late October or early November, when the weather is still relatively mild. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for mild


\ 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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