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mellow

[mel-oh] /ˈmɛl oʊ/
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.
  1. to become detached from worry, strife, stress, etc.; relax:
    After final exams let's go down to the beach and mellow out.
  2. to make more relaxed, agreeable, workable, etc.; soften or smooth:
    Chopin really mellows me out when I'm feeling tense.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English mel(o)we, alteration (perhaps by dissimilation, in phrase meruw fruit) of Middle English meruw, Old English meru soft
Related forms
mellowly, adverb
mellowness, noun
overmellow, adjective
overmellowly, adverb
overmellowness, noun
unmellow, adjective
unmellowed, adjective
Synonyms
1. See ripe. 9. develop, mature, improve.
Antonyms
1. immature, raw, green. 3. harsh.
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  • During storage, the beer mellows and flavours become smoother.
British Dictionary definitions for mellows

mellow

/ˈmɛləʊ/
adjective
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
verb
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)
Derived Forms
mellowly, adverb
mellowness, noun
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Old English meru soft (as through ripeness)
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Word Origin and History for mellows

mellow

adj.

mid-15c., melwe "soft, sweet, juicy" (of ripe fruit), perhaps related to melowe, variant of mele "ground grain" (see meal (2)), influenced by Middle English merow "soft, tender," from Old English mearu. Meaning "slightly drunk" is from 1680s. Mellow yellow "banana peel smoked in an effort to get high" is from 1967. Related: Mellowly; mellowness.

v.

1570s, from mellow (adj.). Related: Mellowed; mellowing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mellows

mellow

adjective
  1. Slightly drunk; tiddly (1690+)
  2. Sincere and skillful •Said of a musical performance (1935+ Jazz musicians)
  3. Relaxed; at ease; laid-back (1950s+ Cool use)
  4. Very friendly; intimate (1950s+ Cool use)
noun

A close friend; buddy (1950s+ Cool use)

verb

mellow out (1980s+ Students)


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