mellow

When something becomes mellow, it gets softer or more relaxed. People are often said to mellow with age, meaning their aggressiveness, their sarcasm, and their short temper have given way to a more easygoing, genial manner.

Wine and other foods mellow just like people, and can be described as "having mellowed" when they reach a full and pleasing flavor, without sharpness. The laid-back quality of jazz pieces like John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” is often described as mellow. Sometimes the musicians who play them are mellow too. When people are slightly and pleasantly intoxicated, they often claim to be feeling mellow, having attained a relaxed and agreeable state without even having to grow old.

Definitions of mellow
  1. adjective
    having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging
    “a mellow port”
    synonyms: mellowed
    mature, ripe
    fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used
  2. adjective
    unhurried and relaxed
    “a mellow conversation”
    synonyms: laid-back
    relaxed
    without strain or anxiety
  3. adjective
    slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
    synonyms: high
    drunk, inebriated, intoxicated
    stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
  4. adjective
    having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience
    mellow wisdom”
    “the peace of mellow age”
    synonyms: mellowed
    mature
    characteristic of maturity
  5. adjective
    having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience
    mellow wisdom”
    “the peace of mellow age”
    Synonyms:
    soft
    compassionate and kind; conciliatory
  6. verb
    soften, make mellow
    “Age and experience mellowed him over the years”
    Synonyms:
    mellow out, melt
    become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial
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    type of:
    soften
    make soft or softer
  7. verb
    become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial
    “With age, he mellowed
    synonyms: mellow out, melt
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  8. verb
    make or grow (more) mellow
    “These apples need to mellow a bit more”
    “The sun mellowed the fruit”
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    type of:
    soften
    become soft or softer
  9. adverb
    (obsolete) in a mellow manner
    synonyms: mellowly
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