(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.
(third-person singular simple present mellows, present participle mellowing, simple past and past participle mellowed)
- To make mellow; to relax or soften.
- (intransitive) To become mellow.
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 mÃ¼rbe (“tender, soft"), Swedish mÃ¶r (“tender; aching"), Icelandic meyr (“tender").