mellow

[mel-oh]
adjective, mellower, mellowest.
1.
soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.
2.
well-matured, as wines.
3.
soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light.
4.
made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened.
5.
friable or loamy, as soil.
6.
mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high.
7.
pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood.
8.
affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
9.
to make or become mellow.
noun
10.
Slang. a state, atmosphere, or mood of ease and gentle relaxation.
Verb phrases
11.
mellow out, Slang.
a.
to become detached from worry, strife, stress, etc.; relax: After final exams let's go down to the beach and mellow out.
b.
to make more relaxed, agreeable, workable, etc.; soften or smooth: Chopin really mellows me out when I'm feeling tense.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English mel(o)we, alteration (perhaps by dissimilation, in phrase meruw fruit) of Middle English meruw, Old English meru soft

mellowly, adverb
mellowness, noun
overmellow, adjective
overmellowly, adverb
overmellowness, noun
unmellow, adjective
unmellowed, adjective


1. See ripe. 9. develop, mature, improve.


1. immature, raw, green. 3. harsh.
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mellow (ˈmɛləʊ)
 
adj
1.  (esp of fruits) full-flavoured; sweet; ripe
2.  (esp of wines) well-matured
3.  (esp of colours or sounds) soft or rich
4.  kind-hearted, esp through maturity or old age
5.  genial, as through the effects of alcohol
6.  (of soil) soft and loamy
 
vb
7.  to make or become mellow; soften; mature
8.  (foll by out) to become calm and relaxed or (esp of a drug) to have a calming or relaxing effect on (someone)
 
[C15: perhaps from Old English meru soft (as through ripeness)]
 
'mellowly
 
adv
 
'mellowness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

mellow
mid-15c., melwe "soft, sweet, juicy" (of ripe fruit), perhaps related to melowe, variant of mele "ground grain" (see meal (2)), influenced by M.E. merow "soft, tender," from O.E. mearu. Meaning "slightly drunk" is from 1680s. The verb is from 1570s. Related: Mellowed; mellowing.
Mellow yellow "banana peel smoked to get high" is from 1967.
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Example sentences
Mellowed with understanding and harmony, she has the usual aging problems that
  need to be rectified.
The weather mellowed some today and the sun came out to warm things a bit.
It's really mellowed from the crisp green-apple character it was showing last
  summer.
The maltiness was mellowed and the crisp snap of the hops was intensified.
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