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mellow

1. noun, slang A state of calm enjoyment. I went to chill by the lake, but the yacht rock coming from the boat kind of harshed on my nature mellow.
2. adjective, slang Intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. I didn't have a good time at the party because everyone was mellow except me.

mellow out

1. To relax; to calm down. I don't think he has mellowed out yet—I can still hear him yelling.
2. To cause someone to relax; to calm someone down. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mellow" and "out." If the baby's crying, try putting her in her swing—that usually mellows her out.
3. To make something less bold in appearance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mellow" and "out." My hair is too dark right now—I think I need some highlights to mellow it out.
See also: mellow, out

mellow out

 
1. to become less angry. When you mellow out, maybe we can talk. Come on, man, stop yelling and mellow out!
2. to become generally more relaxed. Gary was nearly forty before he started to mellow out a little and take life less seriously. After his illness, he mellowed out and seemed more glad to be alive.
See also: mellow, out

mellow out

Become genial or pleasant, calm down, relax, as in The teacher mellowed out when they explained what had happened. This expression uses mellow in the sense of "ripening," with the connotation of softness and sweetness. [Slang; late 1900s]
See also: mellow, out

mellow out

v. Slang
1. To make someone relax; cause someone to become more genial and pleasant: A nice cool drink would mellow me out right now. A nap might mellow out the kids.
2. To relax; become genial and pleasant: Hey, don't get so upset; just mellow out! We stayed at home and mellowed out all day.
3. To make something less intense or less striking: I added some white to the paint to mellow the color out a little bit. We added candles to mellow out the atmosphere.
See also: mellow, out

mellow

1. mod. relaxed; untroubled; laid back. She is the mellowest fox I know.
2. mod. slightly alcohol or drug intoxicated. I got mellow and stopped drinking right there.

mellow out

1. in. to calm down; to get less angry. When you mellow out, maybe we can talk.
2. in. to become generally more relaxed; to grow less contentious. After his illness, he mellowed out and seemed more glad to be alive.
See also: mellow, out
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After distillation, the new eaux-de-vie rest a few months to become mellower, smoother and rounder, while developing a complex, many-faceted character.
The Measure of Man (1954), a mellower and less pessimistic work, is partially an extension of The Modern Temper and shows the abandonment of Krutch's earlier belief that modern philosophy must be based on the deterministic and materialistic findings of science.
In the American Association of Retired Persons magazine he said they had both changed, adding: "We're both mellower and wiser.
Whether on mellower tracks like the warm love song Matilda, or a pulsating Fitzpleasure, his percussive commitment - wringing every drop of rhythmic potential from each line - was absolutely transfixing.
The spacey groove of Don Ray's Standing In The Rain is offset by the mellower and much remixed Why Can't We Live Together by Kongas.
Passengers in need of a break from the children can head to four adults-only lounges, including the roadhouse-inspired Rockin' Bar D and the mellower Sessions piano bar.
Her voice sounds mellower and more resonant than the high soprano of younger days.
The Stranglers were the archetypal mean, moody rockers in their day but Hugh's a much mellower character on stage these days - he even came up to the bar straight after the show to meet his fans.
All of us are kind of known for big, imperial beers, and the fact that we came together to make this mellower pumpkin beer .
Hip hop sounds get mellower in the 90s, when people started smoking more weed," he added.
Staccato screaming hardcore angst that tones the scream down to a mellower shout nicely in time for the chorus.
It's absolutely gorgeous to listen to, whether he's taking a mellower turn on a song such as the haunting "Witchita Lineman," or rocking out on a jam of Jimi Hendrix songs.
They say: Since moving to Berlin in 2005, the singer says he has become "a less aggressive, more professional, mellower, happier person.