mild

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English milde, from Old English milde (mild), from Proto-Germanic *mildijaz (mild), from Proto-Indo-European *meldʰ- (to beat, pound, grind), from Proto-Indo-European *mel- (soft, weak, tender). Cognate with Scots mild, myld (mild), Saterland Frisian milde (mild), West Frisian myld (mild), Dutch mild (mild), Low German milde (mild), German mild (mild), Danish mild (mild), Swedish mild (mild), Icelandic mildur (mild), Latin mollis (soft, gentle), Lithuanian malonus (pleasing, pleasant, kind).

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mild (comparative milder, superlative mildest)

  1. Gentle and not easily provoked.
  2. (of a rule or punishment) Of only moderate severity.
    He received a mild sentence.
  3. Not keenly felt or seriously intended.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
      I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.
  4. (of an illness or pain) Not serious or dangerous.
    • 2002, Rachel Simon, Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey:
      I learn that mental retardation is classified in four levels: mild, moderate, severe, and profound.
    • 2003, Janice A. Gault, Ophthalmology Pearls:
      NPDR can be further classified as mild, moderate, severe, or very severe, which can help predict how quickly the patient may progress to proliferative (neovascular) diabetic retinopathy (PDR).
  5. (of weather) Moderately warm, especially less cold than expected.
  6. (of a medicine or cosmetic) Acting gently and without causing harm.
  7. (of food, drink, or tobacco) Not sharp, or strong in flavor.

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mild (plural milds)

  1. (UK) A relatively low-gravity beer, often with a dark colour; mild ale
    • 1998, Robert Rankin, The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag (page 112)
      'Let me get this for the lady,' I said to Fange, who was pulling her a pint of mild.
    • 2011, Pete Brown, Three Sheets to the Wind
      But Stella shouldn't really be drunk in pints the same way our dads used to drink bitter or mild that was effectively half as strong.

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Danish[edit]

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From Old Norse mildr.

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mild (neuter mildt, definite and plural milde, comparative mildere, superlative mildest)

  1. mild, gentle, soft
  2. light, lenient

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mild (comparative milder, superlative mildst)

  1. mild

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From Old High German milti.

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mild (comparative milder, superlative am mildesten)

  1. mild (in all of its common senses)

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Swedish[edit]

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mild

  1. mild, gentle
  2. bland; not hot or strong (about taste of food)
  3. weak; not corrosive or aggressive
    en mild ättiksyralösning
    a weak solution of acetic acid
  4. not extreme; about weather: neither hot nor cold

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