AskDefine | Define mellow

Dictionary Definition

mellow adj
1 unhurried and relaxed; "an easygoing pace"; "a mellow conversation" [syn: easygoing, laid-back]
2 having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging; "a mellow port"; "mellowed fruit" [syn: mellowed]
3 having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience; "mellow wisdom"; "the peace of mellow age" [syn: mellowed]
4 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" [syn: mellowing]
5 slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana) [syn: high] adv : (obsolete) in a mellow manner [syn: mellowly]


1 soften, make mellow; "Age and experience mellowed him over the years"
2 become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial; "With age, he mellowed" [syn: melt, mellow out]
3 make or grow (more) mellow; "These apples need to mellow a bit more"; "The sun mellowed the fruit"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp; as, a mellow apple.
  2. Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid; as, a mellow soil.
  3. Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued; soft; rich; delicate; -- said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc.
  4. Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.
  5. Warmed by liquor; slightly intoxicated.


  1. To become mellow.
  2. To relax or soften.

Extensive Definition

Mellow may refer to:
mellow in Dutch: Mellow

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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