• (RP) IPA: /ˈmɛləʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmɛloʊ/

mellow (comparative mellower, superlative mellowest)

  1. Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp.
    a mellow apple
  2. Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid.
    a mellow soil
    • Drayton
      flowers of rank and mellow glebe
  3. Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued, soft, rich, delicate; said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc.
    • Wordsworth
      the mellow horn
    • Thomson
      the mellow-tasted Burgundy
    • Percival
      The tender flush whose mellow stain imbues / Heaven with all freaks of light.
  4. Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.
    • Wordsworth
      May health return to mellow age.
    • Washington Irving
      as merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound
  5. Relaxed; calm; easygoing; laid-back.
  6. Warmed by liquor, slightly intoxicated, stoned, or high.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

mellow (plural mellows)

  1. A relaxed mood.

mellow (mellows, present participle mellowing; past and past participle mellowed)

  1. (transitive) To make mellow; to relax or soften.
    The fervour of early feeling is tempered and mellowed by the ripeness of age.
  2. (intransitive) To become mellow#Adjective|mellow.
    • 1592-94, William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act IV Scene 4
      So now prosperity begins to mellow
      And drop into the rotten mouth of death.

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