mellowmel‧low1 /ˈmeləʊ $ -loʊ/ adjective 🔊 🔊 1not brightCCBRIGHT a mellowcolour or light looks soft, warm, and not too bright 🔊 the mellow golden light of early evening2not loud or harshC a mellow sound is pleasant and smooth 🔊 a warm, mellow voice3not strong in flavourDF mellow wine or fruit has a smooth pleasant taste 🔊 its smooth, mellow flavour4not strictSTRICT someone who is mellow is gentle and calm and does not criticize other people, because they have a lot of experience of life5relaxedRELAXED if you feel mellow, you feel calm and relaxed, especially after drinkingalcohol► see thesaurus at calm —mellowness noun [uncountable]
mellowmellow2 verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 1STRICTif someone mellows or is mellowed, they become gentler and more sympathetic 🔊 Paul’s certainly mellowed over the years. 🔊 Two pints of beer had mellowed my father.2CCif colours mellow or are mellowed, they begin to look warm and soft 🔊 The bricks had mellowed to a soft red.3DFDif wine mellows or is mellowed, its taste becomes smoother →mellow (somebody) out→ See Verb table
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mellow• She's mellowed a lot since she retired.• David has mellowed and quietened down a greatdeal.• In his forties, Jobs seems to have mellowed, as a leader if not as a crusader for Mac-style computing.• Helvin says that Bailey has changed nowadays, has mellowed, but in a positive way.• She's mellowed him out, and she seems to make him happy.• He mellowed into a white-haired wise man.• Grandpa's mellowed over the last few years.• Will I mellow towards the idea of marriage as I get older?• He hasn't always been so understanding. He's really mellowed with age.