- 1Gentle and not easily provoked: she was implacable, despite her mild exteriorMore example sentences
- Ann was a lady of gentle and mild disposition who was very well liked in the area.
- His voice, which was always mild and gentle, suddenly became harsh.
- The apparently mild exterior and the guileless blue eyes mask a single-minded determination to carve out a successful career.
- 1.1(Of a rule or punishment) of only moderate severity: he received a mild sentenceMore example sentences
- Also these rules amount to a mild penalty, which induces the players to remain attentive.
- Good parents used very little and only mild punishments.
- Smallville had really been a very mild punishment, hadn't it?
- 1.2Not keenly felt or seriously intended: she looked at him in mild surpriseMore example sentences
- From mild irritation to intense rage, anger increases the heart rate and blood pressure.
- And just as different PC pests annoy people in different ways, so our reactions vary from mild annoyance to extreme anger.
- The technician's face was stuck between mild agitation and intense curiosity.
- 1.3(Of an illness or pain) not serious or dangerous.More example sentences
- Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds to the point of mild discomfort but not pain.
- Aside from occasional ear infections and a few mild illnesses, Zachery was an extremely healthy baby and toddler.
- The intensity of the pain can vary from experiencing mild discomfort to a pain severe enough to interfere with day-to-day activities.
- 1.4(Of weather) moderately warm, especially less cold than expected: it is still mild enough to work outdoorsMore example sentences
- Tropical continental air is very dry and tends to bring very warm weather during the summer and unseasonably mild weather during the winter.
- Plants suffer most when warm / mild weather is suddenly replaced with cold.
- October has come round again and the weather is still mild, with the cold snap we had last weekend coming as a shock.
- 1.5(Of a medicine or cosmetic) acting gently and without causing harm.More example sentences
- Biopsies can be uncomfortable and you may be given a mild sedative or local anaesthetic.
- Hart explains that the gas acts as a mild analgesic and a sedative.
- A range of ointments is available that contain local anaesthetics, mild astringents, or steroids.
- 1.6(Of food, drink, or tobacco) not sharp or strong in flavor: a mild Italian cheeseMore example sentences
bland, insipid, tame
- Shepherd's purse leaves, which have a mild mustard flavour, have been used as a green vegetable in many regions.
- The effect of the hot tea bag, and still-warm mug, is to take the chill off the milk - and impregnate it with a mild tea flavour.
- With the beef came four dips: three were mayonnaise-based - flavoured with mustard, mild curry or lime - and a tomato salsa.
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- With most traditional dance spaces asleep for the summer, the Théâtre de Verdure is still where it's at for dance during these mildish nights.
- I've had a couple of mildish attacks of the palpitations, soon vanquished with my little puffer spray of trinitrate or whatever they call it.
- This is certainly a mildish form of persecution, but it doesn't stay mild.
Old English milde (originally in the sense 'gracious, not severe in command'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German mild, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin mollis and Greek malthakos 'soft'.