Definition of mild adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//maɪld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪld//
    (milder, mildest) Kind, Taste of food
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  1. 1  not severe or strong a mild form of the disease a mild punishment/criticism It's safe to take a mild sedative. Use a soap that is mild on the skin.
  2. 2  (of weather) not very cold, and therefore pleasant the mildest winter since records began a mild climate compare hard
  3. 3  (of feelings) not great or extreme synonym slight mild irritation/amusement/disapproval a mild state of shock She looked at him in mild surprise.
  4. 4(of people or their behaviour) gentle and kind; not usually getting angry or violent synonym equable a mild woman, who never shouted See related entries: Kind
  5. 5(of a flavour) not strong, spicy or bitter a mild curry mild cheese opposite hot See related entries: Taste of food
  6. Word OriginOld 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’.Extra examples His voice was deceptively mild. It’s quite mild for the time of year. Later in the week the weather turned very mild. She’s not so meek and mild as she seems. The climate in Japan is generally mild. The infection seems quite mild, so she should be better soon. The late summer air was surprisingly mild. The pain is comparatively mild at the moment. a fairly mild flavour If you like mild cheese, try pasteurised Stilton. It was a very mild criticism but he took it very badly. It wasn’t in keeping with his usually mild manner. It’s safe to take a mild sedative. Most of the birds seek out milder climates during the winter months. She was a mild and quiet person who never raised her voice. That winter was exceptionally mild. The mild spell lasted well into November. The night was mild, with a hint of rain. The weather had been unseasonably mild.