Definition of mild in English:

mild

adjective

  • 1Not severe, serious, or harsh.

    ‘mild criticism’
    ‘mild flulike symptoms’
    • ‘I would not put it past him to make me run the distance as a mild sort of punishment for leaving the palace.’
    • ‘The child receives the reward when he performs the desired behavior and a mild penalty when he doesn't.’
    • ‘Such men are far too important to spend their time on foot patrol, and indeed in some forces such duty is used as a mild punishment.’
    • ‘Smallville had really been a very mild punishment, hadn't it?’
    • ‘Good parents used very little and only mild punishments.’
    • ‘Also these rules amount to a mild penalty, which induces the players to remain attentive.’
    • ‘Those found guilty received relatively mild sentences, no more than two years' imprisonment, in most cases suspended.’
    • ‘Jays attempted to avoid such delays, which served as mild punishment.’
    • ‘Positive reinforcement alone might be ineffective unless it is combined with mild punishers.’
    • ‘But the routine checks by the watchdogs have been poor, and punishment has been too mild.’
    • ‘This was mild punishment when one considers what happened to the monk Giordano Bruno.’
    • ‘And penalties for violating the law are so mild that companies routinely and deliberately break it.’
    • ‘Madam Harzecrass sat me down in her office at the end of my extraordinarily mild punishment.’
    • ‘‘The penalty is too mild to really curb the big power thefts,’ it said.’
    • ‘Even the death penalty was too mild for something like that.’
    • ‘Although they are the only defendants who might, by virtue of their occupations, have had access to state secrets, they received comparatively mild sentences.’
    • ‘This bill came back to the House with a meek and mild penalty regime.’
    • ‘These sentences may appear strikingly mild by today's standards.’
    lenient, clement, light
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    1. 1.1 (of weather) moderately warm, especially less cold than expected.
      ‘mild winters’
      • ‘The weather is mild - warm days, cool nights, and not much rain.’
      • ‘However, the mild weather during late winter and early spring has resulted in the early hatching of over-wintered Nematodirus eggs.’
      • ‘However, the mild weather did not persist, and bitter cold accompanied by severe storms characterized much of March and April.’
      • ‘This mild climate can be attributed to several factors.’
      • ‘The weather was mild to hot and humid, with partly cloudy to cloudy skies.’
      • ‘In May, weather is mild enough to begin planting tropicals (hibiscus, mandevilla).’
      • ‘The winter weather is unseasonably mild under blue sky.’
      • ‘In the Mediterranean region the weather is mild and rainy in the winter and dry and very hot in the summer.’
      • ‘This is because shallow ponds warm faster than deep lakes during the spurts of mild weather in February and early March.’
      • ‘Expect fireworks in what should be mild weather at game time in Kansas City.’
      • ‘To control plant size and shape, prune in winter in mild climates.’
      • ‘Ireland doesn't have an extreme climate: the weather is normally mild throughout these winter months.’
      • ‘Plants suffer most when warm / mild weather is suddenly replaced with cold.’
      • ‘For winter bloom (in mild climates), mix in plenty of calendula, pansies, primroses, or violas.’
      • ‘Tropical continental air is very dry and tends to bring very warm weather during the summer and unseasonably mild weather during the winter.’
      • ‘October has come round again and the weather is still mild, with the cold snap we had last weekend coming as a shock.’
      • ‘The temperate climate has mild to warm summers and cool winters.’
      • ‘The climate is mild and humid throughout the year, with a dry and cold season from November to March.’
      • ‘During unusually mild winter weather and during the summer, the jet stream retreats northward into Canada.’
      • ‘This winter's mild weather has resulted in early army cutworm activity again this year.’
      warm, balmy, equable, temperate, gentle, soft, moderate, favourable, clement
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    2. 1.2 (of a feeling) not intense or extreme.
      ‘she looked at him in mild surprise’
      • ‘Anger is an emotional state that varies in intensity, ranging from mild irritation to violent rage.’
      • ‘The pretty green eyes didn't hold a trace of disgust or annoyance, just mild interest and a spark of something close to fear.’
      • ‘My session produced little more than a mild feeling of relaxation, and a twenty minute burst of calm a few hours later was the only tangible effect.’
      • ‘From an emotional point of view, they may experience mild feelings, but never take the initiative to minimize or prevent the problem.’
      • ‘From mild irritation to intense rage, anger increases the heart rate and blood pressure.’
      • ‘The technician's face was stuck between mild agitation and intense curiosity.’
      • ‘Ketones can create a mild feeling of euphoria which is the high frequently associated with fasting.’
      • ‘The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture.’
      • ‘They showed only mild interest in my presence - but no fear.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, after uttering that word, most roll their eyes or curl their upper lip in mild disgust and just plain lose interest in the conversation.’
      • ‘In a mood of mild astonishment, I have to admit that the relationship lasted 30 years, perhaps more.’
      • ‘Effects can range from mild feelings of stress and anxiety, to bouts of severe depression or even violent urges.’
      • ‘I strip everything down and look at it from every angle in order to find out why my response is mild annoyance or absolute rage.’
      • ‘I am in a ‘sorting out mild irritations’ mood today.’
      • ‘Looking up into his eyes, she saw a mixture of emotions ranging from mild irritation to sadness to fear to confusion.’
      • ‘There is an instant change from mild anger and heavy annoyance to startled astonishment and disbelief.’
      • ‘And just as different PC pests annoy people in different ways, so our reactions vary from mild annoyance to extreme anger.’
      • ‘She shook her head, pushing aside the mild feeling of the room spinning.’
      • ‘Another session examines ways to establish relaxation as our ‘default’ mode in preference to our customary states of stress and mild panic.’
      • ‘I stared at it for fifteen minutes in a state of mild alarm, wondering what it might say, or who it could be from.’
      slight, faint, vague, minimal, half-hearted, paltry, meagre, superficial, nominal, token, feeble, indifferent, imperceptible
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    3. 1.3 (of a medicine or cosmetic) acting gently.
      ‘a mild sedative’
      • ‘Paracetomal is a relatively safe mild analgesic, with very few known side-effects.’
      • ‘Hart explains that the gas acts as a mild analgesic and a sedative.’
      • ‘Because it may act as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system, some may classify caffeine as addictive.’
      • ‘General anesthesia is not needed, but you may be given a mild sedative to help you relax.’
      • ‘Clean the piercing 1 to 2 times daily using a mild liquid antimicrobial medicated soap.’
      • ‘In the absence of key comparisons with mild corticosteroids, the clinical need for topical pimecrolimus is unclear.’
      • ‘That started back around month 2 of chemotherapy, and my oncologist had prescribed some mild sedatives to help in this regard.’
      • ‘Dr. Schafer uses a local anesthetic combined with a mild intravenous sedative before making an incision a few millimeters long under each arm.’
      • ‘Most patients require only mild analgesics, such as acetaminophen, for the first several days after surgery.’
      • ‘Short bursts of a potent topical steroid is just as effective as prolonged use of a mild preparation for treating atopic eczema.’
      • ‘It is a mild stimulant and is potentially addictive, but harmless.’
      • ‘Patients only need a mild sedative, and go home from the hospital the next day.’
      • ‘The doctor can give a mild sedative or spray some anaesthetic on the back of your throat beforehand.’
      • ‘Skincare specialists the world over know this, which is why while prescribing medicine for any skin problems, they use a mild tranquilizer containing drugs.’
      • ‘Some analgesics combine both mild non-opioid drugs such as aspirin or paracetamol, with a small amount of opioid in a single tablet.’
      • ‘Some women find that avoiding caffeine, sticking to a low salt diet, or taking aspirin or mild analgesics may help.’
      • ‘Biopsies can be uncomfortable and you may be given a mild sedative or local anaesthetic.’
      • ‘A range of ointments is available that contain local anaesthetics, mild astringents, or steroids.’
    4. 1.4 (of food, drink, or tobacco) not sharp, hot, or strong in flavour.
      ‘a mild Italian cheese’
      • ‘First comes a poached egg presented on a puff pastry shell, sitting atop a pool of mild tomato sauce.’
      • ‘With the beef came four dips: three were mayonnaise-based - flavoured with mustard, mild curry or lime - and a tomato salsa.’
      • ‘Slow simmering of whole cloves in liquids such as stocks, soups and stews releases a mild garlic flavor.’
      • ‘The brat was cooked through and not greasy, but it tasted more like a mild sausage dog.’
      • ‘We decided to let the chips fall as they may and not indicate our spiciness preference, and as it turned out, the food was mild for the most part.’
      • ‘Traditionally a masaman curry is quite mild in its flavour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Farmer's Cheese, Monterey Jack or a mild cheddar are suitable substitutes.’
      • ‘Miro's favorite food, the onions will be grilled over a fire of vine cuttings and accompanied by a mild sauce, a traditional Salsa Colorada.’
      • ‘Go for long walks, avoid caffeine, and eat mild food.’
      • ‘When your appetite returns, eat mild foods such as rice, dry toast, or bananas.’
      • ‘The eatery serves spicy and mild vegetables and meats with tasty soft flat bread called injere.’
      • ‘But I regret opting for the mild spice on my steak.’
      • ‘Shepherd's purse leaves, which have a mild mustard flavour, have been used as a green vegetable in many regions.’
      • ‘These onion adolescents add a mild onion flavor to food.’
      • ‘My favorite foods are mild chicken wings, fries, and turkey sandwiches.’
      • ‘This hit the spot for me and the mild cheese and spinach acted as a good foil to the punchy pesto and distinctive asparagus.’
      • ‘An appetizer of grilled polenta in tomato sauce was so mild that it was more like plain porridge than something meant to stimulate the appetite.’
      • ‘Our pasta festival continued with a mound of linguine vongole, a mild tomato sauce simmered with garlic and shallots and peppered with pieces of clam.’
      • ‘This one had a good texture but there was a lingering chemical aftertaste to this mild cheese.’
      bland, insipid, flavourless, tasteless, savourless, spiceless
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  • 2Gentle and not easily provoked.

    ‘she was implacable, despite her mild exterior’
    • ‘His voice was mild, but his eyes were challenging.’
    • ‘The apparently mild exterior and the guileless blue eyes mask a single-minded determination to carve out a successful career.’
    • ‘Her gentle, good humoured and obliging nature, mild manner and unassuming disposition commended her to all fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.’
    • ‘Ann was a lady of gentle and mild disposition who was very well liked in the area.’
    • ‘He set down his fork with an awful finality, a sign that had always heralded the start of an argument, but his voice was mild.’
    • ‘And yes, the feelings were still there, but very mild and gentle.’
    • ‘He hasn't a charismatic figure or a flamboyant style, but he is definitely mild, modest and mellow.’
    • ‘Far from being meek, mild and modest, librarians hide beneath their demure appearance hot and passionate personalities.’
    • ‘Vieira delivers this so-strident assertion with so mild a voice.’
    • ‘His voice was mild, but his cobalt eyes were ice.’
    • ‘His voice, which was always mild and gentle, suddenly became harsh.’
    • ‘A man of mild and gentle disposition, he was a fine neighbour and good friend to all.’
    • ‘They no longer want to deal with you, they want to deal with the meek and mild mums and dads who will sit there and pretty much do what they're told.’
    • ‘He was mild and gentle, and when he prayed in his dining room he shook and swayed, and kissed the prayerbook when he was done.’
    • ‘Sure, vegetables have that pure, clean feel to them: thin, mild, gentle flavours that make you feel thin, mild, and gentle.’
    • ‘For some it is the shock, for some it is spontaneity in a gentle and mild way.’
    • ‘Alexander curbed his annoyance and continued in a calm, mild voice.’
    • ‘One moment he's bold, the next he's mild and gentle, then a wild child again.’
    • ‘Although his contemporaries describe him as a mild and gentle person, his addresses and essays say No!’
    • ‘His mild manner, gentle graciousness, and total dedication to mathematics leave an indelible impression on all who have gotten to know him.’
    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
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noun

mass nounBritish
  • A kind of dark beer not strongly flavoured with hops.

    • ‘‘It is very typically Manchester as it is a dark mild,’ he said.’
    • ‘They still brew a delicious dark mild which is one of my favourite drinks.’

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

mild

/mʌɪld/