Definition of mild in English:

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Pronunciation: /mīld/


1Gentle and not easily provoked: she was implacable, despite her mild exterior
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  • 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.
gentle, tender, softhearted, tenderhearted, sensitive, sympathetic, warm, placid, calm, tranquil, serene, peaceable, good-natured, mild-mannered, amiable, affable, genial, easygoing
1.1(Of a rule or punishment) of only moderate severity: he received a mild sentence
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  • 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 surprise
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  • 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.
slight, faint, vague, minimal, nominal, moderate, token, feeble
1.3(Of an illness or pain) not serious or dangerous.
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  • 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.
lenient, light;
compassionate, merciful, humane
1.4(Of weather) moderately warm, especially less cold than expected: it is still mild enough to work outdoors
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  • 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.
warm, balmy, temperate, clement
1.5(Of a medicine or cosmetic) acting gently and without causing harm.
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  • 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 cheese
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  • 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.
bland, insipid, tame



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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'.

  • mollusc from late 18th century:

    Most molluscs have hard shells, but they need these because they are so soft underneath, which gives them their name, from Latin mollis ‘soft’. This also lies behind mollify (Late Middle English) originally to make soft, emollient (mid 17th century), and share an Indo-European root with Germanic melt (Old English) and mild (Old English).

Words that rhyme with mild

child, Childe, self-styled, undefiled, wild, Wilde

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Syllabification: mild

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