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.
bland, insipid, flavourless, tasteless, savourless, spiceless;
thin, watery, watered down
2Gentle 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, soft, soft-hearted, tender-hearted, sensitive, sympathetic, warm, warm-hearted, unassuming, conciliatory, placid, meek, modest, docile, calm, tranquil, serene, peaceful, peaceable, pacific, good-natured, amiable, affable, genial, easy, easy-going, mellow


[mass noun] British
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'.

  • 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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