Mellow Mel"low, a. [Compar. {Mellower}; superl. {Mellowest}.] [OE. melwe; cf. AS. mearu soft, D. murw, Prov. G. mollig soft, D. malsch, and E. meal flour.] [1913 Webster] 1. Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp; as, a mellow apple. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: (a) Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid; as, a mellow soil. ``Mellow glebe.'' --Drayton (b) Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued; soft; rich; delicate; -- said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc. ``The mellow horn.'' --Wordsworth. ``The mellow-tasted Burgundy.'' --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

The tender flush whose mellow stain imbues Heaven with all freaks of light. --Percival. [1913 Webster]

3. Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial. [1913 Webster]

May health return to mellow age. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

4. Warmed by liquor; slightly intoxicated. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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