An example of mild is an outdoor temperature of seventy two degrees.
- gentle or kind in disposition, action, or effect; not severe, harsh, bitter, etc.
- not extreme in any way; moderate; temperate: a mild winter
- having a soft, pleasant taste or flavor; not strong, sour, bitter, biting, or sharp: said of tobacco, cheese, etc.
- designating steel that is tough but malleable and contains only a small percentage of carbon
Origin of mildMiddle English milde from OE, akin to German mild from Indo-European an unverified form meldh- from base an unverified form mel-, to crush, rub fine from source melt, mill
- Gentle or kind in disposition, manners, or behavior.
- a. Moderate in type, degree, effect, or force: a mild pipe tobacco; a mild sedative.b. Not extreme: a mild winter storm.c. Warm and full of sunshine; pleasant: a mild spring day; mild weather in June.
- Not severe or acute: a mild fever.
- Easily molded, shaped, or worked; malleable: mild steel.
intransitive verbmild·ed, mild·ing, milds
Origin of mildMiddle English from Old English milde ; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative milder, superlative mildest)
- Gentle and not easily provoked.
- (of a rule or punishment) Of only moderate severity.
- He received a mild sentence.
- Not keenly felt or seriously intended.
- (of an illness or pain) Not serious or dangerous.
- (of weather) Moderately warm, especially less cold than expected.
- (of a medicine or cosmetic) Acting gently and without causing harm.
- (of food, drink, or tobacco) Not sharp, or strong in flavor.
- (UK) A relatively low-gravity beer, often with a dark colour; mild ale
From Middle English milde, from Old English milde (“mild"), from Proto-Germanic *mildijaz (“mild"), from Proto-Indo-European *meldÊ°- (“to beat, pound, grind"), from Proto-Indo-European *mel- (“soft, weak, tender"). Cognate with Scots mild, myld (“mild"), Saterland Frisian milde (“mild"), West Frisian myld (“mild"), Dutch mild (“mild"), Low German milde (“mild"), German mild (“mild"), Danish mild (“mild"), Swedish mild (“mild"), Icelandic mildur (“mild"), Latin mollis (“soft, gentle"), Lithuanian malonus (“pleasing, pleasant, kind").