mellow
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English melowe Date: 15th century 1. a. of a fruit tender and sweet because of ripeness b. of a wine well aged and pleasingly mild 2. a. made gentle by age or experience b. rich and full but free from garishness or stridency c. warmed and relaxed by or as if by liquor d. pleasant, agreeable e. laid-back 3. of soil having a soft and loamy consistency • mellowly adverbmellowness noun II. verb Date: 1575 transitive verb to make mellow intransitive verb to become mellow — often used with out

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mellow — may refer to: Mellow (Maria Mena album), 2004 Mellow (Donovan album), 1997 Mellow (band) This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an inte …   Wikipedia

  • Mellow — Mel low, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mellowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mellowing}.] To make mellow. Shak. [1913 Webster] If the Weather prove frosty to mellow it [the ground], they do not plow it again till April. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] The fervor of early… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mellow — Mel low, v. i. To become mellow; as, ripe fruit soon mellows. Prosperity begins to mellow. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mellow — [mel′ō] adj. [ME melwe, ripe, prob. < or akin to OE melu (see MEAL2), Fl meluw, soft, mellow] 1. soft, sweet, and juicy because ripe: said of fruit 2. full flavored; matured; not acid or bitter: said of wine, etc. 3. full, rich, soft, and… …   English World dictionary

  • mellow — [adj] ripe, mature; softened aged, cultured, cured, delicate, developed, dulcet, flavorful, full, full flavored, fully developed, juicy, matured, mellifluent, mellifluous, melodious, perfect, perfected, rich, ripened, rounded, sapid, savory,… …   New thesaurus

  • mellow — ► ADJECTIVE 1) pleasantly smooth or soft in sound, taste, or colour. 2) relaxed and good humoured. ► VERB ▪ make or become mellow. ORIGIN perhaps related to MEAL(Cf. ↑meal) …   English terms dictionary

  • mellow — index mollify, orotund, pacify, ripe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • mellow — ripe, matured, *mature, adult, grown up Analogous words: *tender, warm, sympathetic, responsive, warmhearted Antonyms: unmellow: green Contrasted words: raw, crude, callow, uncouth, *rude, rough …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mellow — 1 adjective 1 a mellow colour or light looks soft, warm, and not too bright: the mellow, golden light of early evening | mellow shades of brown and orange 2 a mellow sound is pleasant and smooth: the mellow sound of a trombone | a friendly,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mellow — mel|low1 [ˈmeləu US lou] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not bright)¦ 2¦(not loud or harsh)¦ 3¦(not strong in flavour)¦ 4¦(not strict)¦ 5¦(relaxed)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Perhaps from Old English melu; MEAL] 1.) ¦(NOT BRIGHT)¦ a mellow …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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