• WordNet 3.6
    • adj mellow slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
    • adj mellow having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience "mellow wisdom","the peace of mellow age"
    • adj mellow having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience "mellow wisdom","the peace of mellow age"
    • adj mellow having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging "a mellow port","mellowed fruit"
    • adj mellow unhurried and relaxed "a mellow conversation"
    • adv mellow (obsolete) in a mellow manner
    • v mellow make or grow (more) mellow "These apples need to mellow a bit more","The sun mellowed the fruit"
    • v mellow become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial "With age, he mellowed"
    • v mellow soften, make mellow "Age and experience mellowed him over the years"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mellow Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid; as, a mellow soil.
    • Mellow Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued; soft; rich; delicate; -- said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc.
    • Mellow Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp; as, a mellow apple.
    • v. i Mellow To become mellow; as, ripe fruit soon mellows . "Prosperity begins to mellow ."
    • v. t Mellow To make mellow. "If the Weather prove frosty to mellow it [the ground], they do not plow it again till April.""The fervor of early feeling is tempered and mellowed by the ripeness of age."
    • Mellow Warmed by liquor; slightly intoxicated.
    • Mellow Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial. "May health return to mellow age.""As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mellow Soft, especially from ripeness; easily yielding to pressure: as, a mellow peach.
    • mellow Soft and friable, as earth; loamy.
    • mellow Soft, rich, or delicate to the touch, eye, ear, palate, etc., as color, sound, flavor, and the like.
    • mellow Having the character or appearance of maturity; showing ripeness; of ripe age or quality; perfected; matured.
    • mellow Softened or matured by length of years; toned down by the lapse of time; kindly disposed; good-humored; genial; jovial.
    • mellow Rendered good-humored or genial by liquor; somewhat under the influence of liquor; half-tipsy.
    • mellow Of sounds, soft and rich; characterized by many and well-balanced overtones. The quality is well illustrated by most of the tones of an orchestral horn when well played.
    • mellow To ripen; bring to maturity; soften by ripeness or age; give richness, flavor, or delicacy to.
    • mellow To soften; pulverize; make friable: as, earth is mellowed by frost.
    • mellow To soften in character; render more perfect or more agreeable; tone or smooth down; mature; improve.
    • mellow To become soft; be ripened, matured, or brought to perfection.
    • mellow To soften in character; become toned down.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mellow mel′ō soft and ripe: well matured: soft to the touch, palate, ear, &c.: genial: half-tipsy
    • v.t Mellow to soften by ripeness or age: to mature
    • v.i Mellow to become soft: to be matured
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  • Washington Irving
    “Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”
  • Woody Allen
    “I don't respond well to mellow, you know what I mean, I have a tendency to... if I get too mellow, I ripen and then rot.”
  • Jennifer Capriati
    Jennifer Capriati
    “You have to block everything out and be extremely focused and be relaxed and mellow too.”
  • Washington Irving
    “A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. melwe,; cf. AS. mearu, soft, D. murw, Prov. G. mollig, soft, D. malsch, and E. meal, flour


In literature:

It was a soft and mellow September night, with a violet sky overhead sprinkled with silver.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
But her kindliness of manner mellows the awe.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
A mellow soil is very helpful to good coming up and provides a most comfortable home for the roots of the plant.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
It was a mellow evening of later October.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
An excellent table-carrot, but flourishes well only in deep, mellow soil.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
His delight in the open air, in the freshness of the hills, in the peace of the mellow autumn, was never-ending.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The varnish is wanting in mellowness, but is very transparent; its colour is chiefly yellow.
"The Violin" by George Hart
The sun was low and there were shadows, but where the light rays touched, all lay mellow and warm, golden and gay and sweet.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Joel's ideas of education were exactly those of Mr. Mellows, but he did not like Mr. Mellows because of the anguish inflicted on Luke.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
With mellow lips, and luscious therewithal.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick

In poetry:

The moon unveils her brow;
In the mid-sky her urn glows bright,
And in her sad and mellowing light
The valley sleeps below.
"Autumnal Nightfall" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
``And, thus attuned to every string
Nature is skilled to strike,
Mellows the thoughts that comfort bring
To glad and sad alike.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
From heaven the silver moon shone down
With gentle and mellow ray,
And beneath the crowded roofs of the town
In broad light and shadow lay.
"Musings" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
His teeming boughs, with mellow fruit,
In rich and ruddy beauty glow;
And why? the living, spreading root
Is planted where the waters flow.
"Trust In God" by Janet Hamilton
For the stealthy mildew and blight
That shows on the mellowing corn,
And the bankrupt that wakes at night
And weeps o'er the day he was born.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin
She--I mean Pepita--mellow
Moonlight on the waves, no other
To break silence or catch whispers,
All the love which now I smother
Told and spoken,--
"Barcarole II" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

A new franchise is coming to Anastasia Island — Mellow Mushroom, known for its pizza and beer.
Former state Senate Democratic Leader Robert J Mellow will learn the punishment for his crimes Nov 30.
Saturday headliners bring mellow vibe to big night at BayFest.
Mellow Drinks in a Surprising Neighborhood.
Levek's Mellow New Single "Girl In The Fog".
Mellow Mushroom pizza coming to Carytown.
Drug film 'Savages' will harsh your mellow .
After hiatus, band sparks mellow summer moods.
Summer just got a little more mellow .
Former Sen Mellow illustrates the need to fix campaign financing.
Mellow 's Pension Pulled.
Mitt Romney Harshes His California Neighbors' Mellow .
Mellow Mushroom has a lot to pick from, regardless if you want pizza or something a little different.
Photo courtesy of Mellow Mushroom.
My Morning Jacket's Jim James Plots ' Mellow , Different' Solo LP.