\ 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 Monkeypox, a cousin of the smallpox virus, is generally a mild illness with the most common symptoms being rash, swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 28 July 2022 Most cases result in mild illness, and fatalities are rare. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 26 July 2022 While the majority of people, around 80%, infected with West Nile virus do not experience any symptoms, some develop a mild illness, which can include symptoms like fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 30 June 2022 The flavors range from mild to spicy with scorchers like Ghost Pepper or Scorpion Pepper Hot. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2022 Addiction itself is a spectrum disorder that can range from mild to severe, and treatment can require therapy and a lengthy break. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 11 June 2022 Most people infected with the virus experience no symptoms or a mild flu-like illness, but some develop severe illness affecting the central nervous system. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 While most people infected with the virus likely experience no symptoms or a mild flu-like illness, some people will develop severe illness affecting the central nervous system. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 8 June 2022 Its impact can be anywhere from mild to completely debilitating and has often been an issue people avoid talking about for fear of saying the wrong thing or the stigma and shame that can sometimes come with mental illness. Leah Hall, Country Living, 1 June 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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