- mild [ maıld ] adjective **▸ 1 not strong/severe▸ 2 about the weather▸ 3 about food▸ 4 about drugs/cosmetics▸ 5 not large/extreme▸ 6 gentle▸ + PHRASES1. ) a mild illness or injury is one that is not serious:They were both suffering from a mild bout of the flu.brain injuries ranging from mild to severea ) a mild feeling or expression is one that is not very strong or severe:He eyed her with mild amusement.There was a note of mild alarm in her voice.b ) a mild punishment or criticism is not very severe:He received the mild sentence of a year's probation.2. ) mild weather is warm and pleasant, especially warmer than usual for the time of year:a mild winter3. ) mild food does not have a strong taste:Edam is a cheese that is mild and firm.a mild chili4. ) mild drugs, COSMETICS, etc. are very gentle and not likely to have any bad effects:a mild soap that's kind to your skinI was given a mild sedative to help me sleep.5. ) not very large or extreme:The joke caused mild amusement.The economy will slip into a mild recession.6. ) a mild person is gentle and does not often become angry:Jerry gave the impression of being a mild man.mild-mannered: He was small and mild-mannered with gentle eyes.mild languagewords that may be offensive to some people or that may not be appropriate for children, but that are not considered unusual or extremely offensive:The movie is rated PG (=parental guidance suggested) because it contains some mild language and scenes of sensuality.╾ mild|ness noun uncount
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.