- Mellow defines someone or something that is calm, smooth and free from harshness.
- A person who is calm and peaceful and doesn't get upset easily is an example of a person who is mellow.
- Coffee that has a smooth, calm flavor and that isn't harsh is an example of coffee that would be described as mellow.
- The definition of mellow is to calm down or to cause someone to calm down.
If you were prone to swings of temper when you were younger but have become calmer as you age, this is an example of a situation where you mellow.
- soft, sweet, and juicy because ripe: said of fruit
- full-flavored; matured; not acid or bitter: said of wine, etc.
- full, rich, soft, and pure; not harsh: said of sound, light, color, weather, etc.
- moist and rich; loamy: said of soil
- softened and made gentle, understanding, and sympathetic by age and experience
- Informal genial or convivial, as from drinking liquor
Origin of mellowMiddle English melwe, ripe, probably ; from or akin to Old English melu (see meal), Flemish meluw, soft, mellow
- a. Soft, sweet, juicy, and full-flavored because of ripeness: a mellow fruit.b. Suggesting softness or sweetness: “The mellow air brought in the feel of imminent autumn” (Thomas Hardy).
- a. Flavorful and mild or smooth, as from being properly matured: a mellow wine.b. Soft and pleasant; not harsh: a mellow voice; mellow light.
- Gentle and understanding, especially from being mature or experienced: “She had seen him as a survival of a leisurely and tolerant age, a mellow man” (Elisabeth Ogilvie).
- Relaxed and unhurried; easygoing: a mellow friend; a mellow conversation.
- Slang Slightly and pleasantly intoxicated.
- Moist, rich, soft, and loamy. Used of soil.
tr. & intr.v.mel·lowed, mel·low·ing, mel·lows
Origin of mellowMiddle English melwe, perhaps from melowe, oblique case of mele, ground grain, meal; see meal1.
(comparative mellower or more mellow, superlative mellowest or most mellow)
- Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp.
- a mellow apple
- Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid.
- a mellow soil
- Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued, soft, rich, delicate; said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc.
- Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.
- Relaxed; calm; easygoing; laid-back.
- Warmed by liquor, slightly intoxicated; or, stoned, high.
- A relaxed mood.
(third-person singular simple present mellows, present participle mellowing, simple past and past participle mellowed)
From Middle English melowe, melwe (“soft, sweet, juicy”), variant of Middle English merow, merwe (“soft, tender”), from Old English meru, mearu (“tender, soft, callow, delicate, frail”), from Proto-Germanic *marwaz (“mellow”), from Proto-Indo-European *mer(w)- (“to rub, pack”). Cognate with Middle Dutch meru (“tender”), German mürbe (“tender, soft”), Swedish mör (“tender; aching”), Icelandic meyr (“tender”).