Definition of mild in US English:

mild

adjective

  • 1Not severe, serious, or harsh.

    ‘he received a mild sentence’
    • ‘Also these rules amount to a mild penalty, which induces the players to remain attentive.’
    • ‘Positive reinforcement alone might be ineffective unless it is combined with mild punishers.’
    • ‘And penalties for violating the law are so mild that companies routinely and deliberately break it.’
    • ‘This bill came back to the House with a meek and mild penalty regime.’
    • ‘Smallville had really been a very mild punishment, hadn't it?’
    • ‘Even the death penalty was too mild for something like that.’
    • ‘These sentences may appear strikingly mild by today's standards.’
    • ‘I would not put it past him to make me run the distance as a mild sort of punishment for leaving the palace.’
    • ‘Those found guilty received relatively mild sentences, no more than two years' imprisonment, in most cases suspended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jays attempted to avoid such delays, which served as mild punishment.’
    • ‘The child receives the reward when he performs the desired behavior and a mild penalty when he doesn't.’
    • ‘Madam Harzecrass sat me down in her office at the end of my extraordinarily mild punishment.’
    • ‘This was mild punishment when one considers what happened to the monk Giordano Bruno.’
    • ‘‘The penalty is too mild to really curb the big power thefts,’ it said.’
    • ‘Although they are the only defendants who might, by virtue of their occupations, have had access to state secrets, they received comparatively mild sentences.’
    • ‘But the routine checks by the watchdogs have been poor, and punishment has been too mild.’
    • ‘Good parents used very little and only mild punishments.’
    lenient, clement, light
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    1. 1.1 (of weather) moderately warm, especially less cold than expected.
      ‘it is still mild enough to work outdoors’
      • ‘In the Mediterranean region the weather is mild and rainy in the winter and dry and very hot in the summer.’
      • ‘October has come round again and the weather is still mild, with the cold snap we had last weekend coming as a shock.’
      • ‘However, the mild weather during late winter and early spring has resulted in the early hatching of over-wintered Nematodirus eggs.’
      • ‘Tropical continental air is very dry and tends to bring very warm weather during the summer and unseasonably mild weather during the winter.’
      • ‘The winter weather is unseasonably mild under blue sky.’
      • ‘Plants suffer most when warm / mild weather is suddenly replaced with cold.’
      • ‘To control plant size and shape, prune in winter in mild climates.’
      • ‘The temperate climate has mild to warm summers and cool winters.’
      • ‘The weather is mild - warm days, cool nights, and not much rain.’
      • ‘In May, weather is mild enough to begin planting tropicals (hibiscus, mandevilla).’
      • ‘This mild climate can be attributed to several factors.’
      • ‘The weather was mild to hot and humid, with partly cloudy to cloudy skies.’
      • ‘Expect fireworks in what should be mild weather at game time in Kansas City.’
      • ‘This winter's mild weather has resulted in early army cutworm activity again this year.’
      • ‘Ireland doesn't have an extreme climate: the weather is normally mild throughout these winter months.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For winter bloom (in mild climates), mix in plenty of calendula, pansies, primroses, or violas.’
      • ‘However, the mild weather did not persist, and bitter cold accompanied by severe storms characterized much of March and April.’
      • ‘This is because shallow ponds warm faster than deep lakes during the spurts of mild weather in February and early March.’
      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’
      • ‘There is an instant change from mild anger and heavy annoyance to startled astonishment and disbelief.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I stared at it for fifteen minutes in a state of mild alarm, wondering what it might say, or who it could be from.’
      • ‘From an emotional point of view, they may experience mild feelings, but never take the initiative to minimize or prevent the problem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And just as different PC pests annoy people in different ways, so our reactions vary from mild annoyance to extreme anger.’
      • ‘Another session examines ways to establish relaxation as our ‘default’ mode in preference to our customary states of stress and mild panic.’
      • ‘Looking up into his eyes, she saw a mixture of emotions ranging from mild irritation to sadness to fear to confusion.’
      • ‘From mild irritation to intense rage, anger increases the heart rate and blood pressure.’
      • ‘The pretty green eyes didn't hold a trace of disgust or annoyance, just mild interest and a spark of something close to fear.’
      • ‘They showed only mild interest in my presence - but no fear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anger is an emotional state that varies in intensity, ranging from mild irritation to violent rage.’
      • ‘In a mood of mild astonishment, I have to admit that the relationship lasted 30 years, perhaps more.’
      • ‘She shook her head, pushing aside the mild feeling of the room spinning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Effects can range from mild feelings of stress and anxiety, to bouts of severe depression or even violent urges.’
      • ‘I am in a ‘sorting out mild irritations’ mood today.’
      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 and without causing harm.
      • ‘Skincare specialists the world over know this, which is why while prescribing medicine for any skin problems, they use a mild tranquilizer containing drugs.’
      • ‘Clean the piercing 1 to 2 times daily using a mild liquid antimicrobial medicated soap.’
      • ‘Paracetomal is a relatively safe mild analgesic, with very few known side-effects.’
      • ‘Dr. Schafer uses a local anesthetic combined with a mild intravenous sedative before making an incision a few millimeters long under each arm.’
      • ‘That started back around month 2 of chemotherapy, and my oncologist had prescribed some mild sedatives to help in this regard.’
      • ‘General anesthesia is not needed, but you may be given a mild sedative to help you relax.’
      • ‘A range of ointments is available that contain local anaesthetics, mild astringents, or steroids.’
      • ‘Because it may act as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system, some may classify caffeine as addictive.’
      • ‘Patients only need a mild sedative, and go home from the hospital the next day.’
      • ‘Hart explains that the gas acts as a mild analgesic and a sedative.’
      • ‘Some women find that avoiding caffeine, sticking to a low salt diet, or taking aspirin or mild analgesics may help.’
      • ‘Some analgesics combine both mild non-opioid drugs such as aspirin or paracetamol, with a small amount of opioid in a single tablet.’
      • ‘It is a mild stimulant and is potentially addictive, but harmless.’
      • ‘The doctor can give a mild sedative or spray some anaesthetic on the back of your throat beforehand.’
      • ‘Most patients require only mild analgesics, such as acetaminophen, for the first several days after surgery.’
      • ‘Biopsies can be uncomfortable and you may be given a mild sedative or local anaesthetic.’
      • ‘Short bursts of a potent topical steroid is just as effective as prolonged use of a mild preparation for treating atopic eczema.’
      • ‘In the absence of key comparisons with mild corticosteroids, the clinical need for topical pimecrolimus is unclear.’
    4. 1.4 (of food, drink, or tobacco) not sharp, hot, or strong in flavor.
      ‘a mild Italian cheese’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Farmer's Cheese, Monterey Jack or a mild cheddar are suitable substitutes.’
      • ‘First comes a poached egg presented on a puff pastry shell, sitting atop a pool of mild tomato sauce.’
      • ‘This one had a good texture but there was a lingering chemical aftertaste to this mild cheese.’
      • ‘These onion adolescents add a mild onion flavor to food.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When your appetite returns, eat mild foods such as rice, dry toast, or bananas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Traditionally a masaman curry is quite mild in its flavour.’
      • ‘Slow simmering of whole cloves in liquids such as stocks, soups and stews releases a mild garlic flavor.’
      • ‘But I regret opting for the mild spice on my steak.’
      • ‘The brat was cooked through and not greasy, but it tasted more like a mild sausage dog.’
      • ‘With the beef came four dips: three were mayonnaise-based - flavoured with mustard, mild curry or lime - and a tomato salsa.’
      • ‘The eatery serves spicy and mild vegetables and meats with tasty soft flat bread called injere.’
      • ‘My favorite foods are mild chicken wings, fries, and turkey sandwiches.’
      • ‘Go for long walks, avoid caffeine, and eat mild food.’
      • ‘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.’
      bland, insipid, flavourless, tasteless, savourless, spiceless
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  • 2Gentle and not easily provoked.

    ‘she was implacable, despite her mild exterior’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although his contemporaries describe him as a mild and gentle person, his addresses and essays say No!’
    • ‘Her gentle, good humoured and obliging nature, mild manner and unassuming disposition commended her to all fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alexander curbed his annoyance and continued in a calm, mild voice.’
    • ‘A man of mild and gentle disposition, he was a fine neighbour and good friend to all.’
    • ‘He hasn't a charismatic figure or a flamboyant style, but he is definitely mild, modest and mellow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His mild manner, gentle graciousness, and total dedication to mathematics leave an indelible impression on all who have gotten to know him.’
    • ‘One moment he's bold, the next he's mild and gentle, then a wild child again.’
    • ‘His voice was mild, but his cobalt eyes were ice.’
    • ‘His voice was mild, but his eyes were challenging.’
    • ‘Ann was a lady of gentle and mild disposition who was very well liked in the area.’
    • ‘For some it is the shock, for some it is spontaneity in a gentle and mild way.’
    • ‘Sure, vegetables have that pure, clean feel to them: thin, mild, gentle flavours that make you feel thin, mild, and gentle.’
    • ‘And yes, the feelings were still there, but very mild and gentle.’
    • ‘The apparently mild exterior and the guileless blue eyes mask a single-minded determination to carve out a successful career.’
    • ‘His voice, which was always mild and gentle, suddenly became harsh.’
    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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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

/mīld//maɪld/