Definitions for: Mellow


[adv] (obsolete) in a mellow manner
[adj] slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
[adj] having or suggesting softness and richness in quality; "a mellow sound"; "the mellow air brought in the feel of imminent autumn"- Thomas Hardy; "a mellowing sun"
[adj] having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience; "mellow wisdom"; "the peace of mellow age"
[adj] having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging; "a mellow port"; "mellowed fruit"
[adj] unhurried and relaxed; "an easygoing pace"; "a mellow conversation"
[v] make or grow (more) mellow; "These apples need to mellow a bit more"; "The sun mellowed the fruit"
[v] become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial; "With age, he mellowed"
[v] soften, make mellow; "Age and experience mellowed him over the years"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
1. Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender
pulp; as, a mellow apple.

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.

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

3. Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.

May health return to mellow age. --Wordsworth.

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

4. Warmed by liquor; slightly intoxicated. --Addison.


Mel"low, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mellowed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Mellowing.]
To make mellow. --Shak.

If the Weather prove frosty to mellow it [the ground],
they do not plow it again till April. --Mortimer.

The fervor of early feeling is tempered and mellowed by
the ripeness of age. --J. C.
Shairp.


Mel"low, v. i.
To become mellow; as, ripe fruit soon mellows. ``Prosperity
begins to mellow.'' --Shak.

Synonyms: at ease, drunk, easygoing, high, inebriated, intoxicated, laid-back, mature, mellow out, mellowed, mellowing, mellowly, melt, relaxed, ripe, soft

See Also: change, soften

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