Definition of mildly in US English:

mildly

adverb

  • 1In a mild manner, in particular without anger or severity.

    • ‘But I was mildly put off, and somewhat challenged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘My intention was to abstain on the matter of the landscape lighting,’ I said mildly.’
    • ‘His voice is mildly nasal, mildly ironic, and in general, mild.’
    • ‘All this having been said, consider the possibility of mildly challenging the parent who admits to turning the decision over to the child.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Give me your name,’ the man said mildly, smiling at Chris in a polite manner.’
    • ‘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.’
    without severe punishment, easily, leniently, mildly
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    1. 1.1 Not seriously or dangerously.
      ‘he had suffered mildly from the illness since he was 23’
      • ‘I thought for sure this guy was mildly retarded.’
      • ‘The complainant suffered several blows which left his fist mildly scarred.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2as submodifier To a slight extent.
      ‘he kept his voice mildly curious’
      • ‘Darien forced his face to look mildly curious.’
      • ‘But I have made a curious and mildly embarrassing discovery.’
      • ‘She had large dark brown doe eyes and a mildly soft voice.’
      • ‘They seem mildly curious about my disgraceful lack of composure.’
      • ‘Unlike most others of its kind, it seemed mildly curious, coming closer as the morning went by.’
      • ‘She glided over to him, her best mildly curious look on her face.’
      • ‘This topic deserves more serious attention than a mildly humorous rundown.’
      • ‘I talked slowly, coolly, just barely managing to keep my voice light and only mildly curious.’
      • ‘If you're fascinated (or just mildly curious) about birds and their habits, this is a must-see.’
      • ‘Yet, going to their house could be mildly upsetting.’
      • ‘The women were mildly curious, yes, but after some brief excitement, they knew they had no answers.’
      • ‘Spice up pub nights with your anecdotes, amaze friends and family with facts from your lectures, and expand the ranks of the mildly curious.’
      • ‘I'm also still mildly sore from Saturday's little walk.’
      • ‘She seems only mildly, politely interested in my world.’
      • ‘Grace threw a mildly curious look at the library doors before heading to her study.’
      • ‘I wasn't overly sleepy, just mildly lazy during the day.’
      • ‘I was quite amused at the formality and mildly curious at what the experience would be like.’
      • ‘Barry did have a nice singing voice, but overall I found her piece mildly creepy.’
      • ‘But I was mildly curious about the link, so I went and looked at the page.’
      • ‘The MO and I looked at each other in a mildly confused manner.’

Phrases

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

mildly

/ˈmaɪldli//ˈmīldlē/