Definition of mild in English:


Syllabification: mild
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.
  • 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'.

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