adjective, milder, mildest.
amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
characterized by or showing such gentleness, as manners or speech:
a mild voice.
not cold, severe, or extreme, as air or weather:
not sharp, pungent, or strong:
a mild flavor.
not acute or serious, as disease:
a mild case of flu.
gentle or moderate in force or effect:
moderate in intensity, degree, or character:
British Dialect. comparatively soft and easily worked, as soil, wood, or stone.
Obsolete. kind or gracious.
British. beer that has a blander taste than bitter.
(of a taste, sensation, etc) not powerful or strong; bland: a mild curry
gentle or temperate in character, climate, behaviour, etc
not extreme; moderate: a mild rebuke
(Brit) draught beer, of darker colour than bitter and flavoured with fewer hops
Old English mildelice “graciously, affably, kindly;” see mild + -ly (2). Phrase to put it mildly is attested from 1929.
Old English milde “gentle, merciful,” from Proto-Germanic *milthjaz- (cf. Old Norse mildr, Old Saxon mildi, Old Frisian milde, Middle Dutch milde, Dutch mild, Old High German milti, German milde “mild,” Gothic mildiþa “kindness”), from PIE *meldh-, from root *mel- “soft,” with derivatives referring to soft or softened materials (cf. Greek malthon “weakling,” myle “mill;” Latin molere “to grind;” Old Irish meldach “tender;” Sanskrit mrdh “to neglect,” also “to be moist”). Originally of persons and powers; of the weather from c.1400, of disease from 1744. Also in Old English as an adverb, “mercifully, graciously.”
see: put it mildly
noun, Pharmacology. 1. .
[mahyld] /maɪld/ adjective, milder, mildest. 1. amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others. 2. characterized by or showing such gentleness, as manners or speech: a mild voice. 3. not cold, severe, or extreme, as air or weather: mild breezes. 4. not sharp, pungent, or strong: a mild flavor. 5. not acute or […]
[mil-drid] /ˈmɪl drɪd/ noun 1. a female given name: from Old English words meaning “mild” and “strength.”. fem. proper name, Old English Mildðryð, from milde “mild” (see mild) + ðryð “power, strength.” A popular name in the Middle Ages through fame of St. Mildred (obit c. 700), abbess, daughter of a Mercian king and a […]
noun, Pharmacology. 1. a compound of silver and a protein, applied to mucous membranes as a mild antiseptic.