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[mahyld] /maɪld/

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:
mild breezes.
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:
mild penalties.
soft; pleasant:
mild sunshine.
moderate in intensity, degree, or character:
mild regret.
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
feeble; unassertive
(Brit) draught beer, of darker colour than bitter and flavoured with fewer hops

Old English mildnes “mildness, mercy,” from mild (adj.) + -ness.

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.”


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