Definition of mildly in English:



  • 1In a mild or gentle manner.

    ‘‘Don't be childish,’ he reproved mildly’
    • ‘All this having been said, consider the possibility of mildly challenging the parent who admits to turning the decision over to the child.’
    • ‘His voice is mildly nasal, mildly ironic, and in general, mild.’
    • ‘She said that she has been thinking about how she feels about her father, and while she feels mildly aggrieved, she is unable to feel any true anger.’
    • ‘But I was mildly put off, and somewhat challenged.’
    • ‘‘My intention was to abstain on the matter of the landscape lighting,’ I said mildly.’
    • ‘I'd always be mildly irritated and try to ignore it.’
    • ‘‘I've never thought there was too much in that,’ said Toby mildly.’
    • ‘Some people find incessant talking mildly annoying.’
    • ‘‘Give me your name,’ the man said mildly, smiling at Chris in a polite manner.’
    • ‘Second, at the same time, I'm somewhat surprised and mildly appalled that this story hasn't generated a lot of buzz in the blogosphere.’
    without severe punishment, easily, leniently, mildly
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    1. 1.1 Not seriously.
      ‘he had suffered mildly from the illness since he was 23’
      • ‘Every fibre of his being seems to be wrapped around the songs and yet it only mildly suffers from a few repetitive moments that make some songs less than perfect.’
      • ‘They might find their reading is hard, which could mean they are mildly dyslexic, or their maths might be hard, or they can't colour in properly as they are colour blind.’
      • ‘His family believe that Conor, who is mildly autistic, might have taken a survival manual with him, heightening their fears that he planned climbing a mountain.’
      • ‘From next April, a team of medics will be on hand to help patients cope with the effects of the illness, which varies widely from people who are mildly affected to those who are bed-bound.’
      • ‘He suffered from multiple bruises and was mildly dehydrated.’
      • ‘I thought for sure this guy was mildly retarded.’
      • ‘It is neither contagious nor hereditary, but it affects a child's co-ordination, mildly or severely, making it cumbersome to perform simple daily skills.’
      • ‘The complainant suffered several blows which left his fist mildly scarred.’
    2. 1.2as submodifier To a slight extent.
      ‘he kept his voice mildly curious’
      • ‘She had large dark brown doe eyes and a mildly soft voice.’
      • ‘If you're fascinated (or just mildly curious) about birds and their habits, this is a must-see.’
      • ‘I'm also still mildly sore from Saturday's little walk.’
      • ‘Spice up pub nights with your anecdotes, amaze friends and family with facts from your lectures, and expand the ranks of the mildly curious.’
      • ‘But I was mildly curious about the link, so I went and looked at the page.’
      • ‘I wasn't overly sleepy, just mildly lazy during the day.’
      • ‘I talked slowly, coolly, just barely managing to keep my voice light and only mildly curious.’
      • ‘Barry did have a nice singing voice, but overall I found her piece mildly creepy.’
      • ‘Yet, going to their house could be mildly upsetting.’
      • ‘Grace threw a mildly curious look at the library doors before heading to her study.’
      • ‘Darien forced his face to look mildly curious.’
      • ‘They seem mildly curious about my disgraceful lack of composure.’
      • ‘She glided over to him, her best mildly curious look on her face.’
      • ‘The MO and I looked at each other in a mildly confused manner.’
      • ‘The women were mildly curious, yes, but after some brief excitement, they knew they had no answers.’
      • ‘But I have made a curious and mildly embarrassing discovery.’
      • ‘Unlike most others of its kind, it seemed mildly curious, coming closer as the morning went by.’
      • ‘I was quite amused at the formality and mildly curious at what the experience would be like.’
      • ‘She seems only mildly, politely interested in my world.’
      • ‘This topic deserves more serious attention than a mildly humorous rundown.’


  • to put it mildly (or putting it mildly)

    • Used to imply that the reality is more extreme, usually worse.

      ‘the proposals were, to put it mildly, unpopular’
      • ‘But the PM's handling of this has been a little awkward, to put it mildly.’
      • ‘His musical career has been uneven, to put it mildly.’
      • ‘The difference that makes is considerable, to put it mildly.’
      • ‘That particular part of the story has been, to put it mildly, well-covered.’
      • ‘These are, to put it mildly, extremely limited measures, if not worse.’
      to put it mildly, putting it mildly, without any exaggeration, at the very least, as an understatement
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