Definition of mild in English:


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Pronunciation: /mʌɪld


  • 1Not severe, serious, or harsh: mild criticism mild flu-like symptoms
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    • It's called multiple because many scattered areas of the brain and spinal cord may be affected and symptoms can be mild or severe and come and go unpredictably.
    • In 20 percent of cases, mild flu-like symptoms are experienced.
    • In moderate poisoning, the symptoms listed for mild poisoning become more severe.
    lenient, clement, light; compassionate, pitying, forgiving, merciful, forbearing, humane
  • 1.1(Of weather) moderately warm, especially less cold than expected: mild winters
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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, equable, temperate, gentle, soft, moderate, favourable, clement
  • 1.2(Of a feeling) not intense or extreme: 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, half-hearted, paltry, meagre, superficial, nominal, token, feeble, indifferent, imperceptible
  • 1.3(Of a medicine or cosmetic) acting gently: a mild sedative
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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.
  • 1.4(Of food, drink, or tobacco) not sharp, hot, or strong in flavour: 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.


[mass noun] British Back to top  
  • A kind of dark beer not strongly flavoured with hops.
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    • They still brew a delicious dark mild which is one of my favourite drinks.
    • ‘It is very typically Manchester as it is a dark mild,’ he said.



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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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