Genial vs Mellow - What's the difference?

genial | mellow |

As adjectives the difference between genial and mellow

is that genial is friendly and cheerful while mellow is soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp.

As a noun mellow is

a relaxed mood.

As a verb mellow is

to make mellow; to relax or soften.




(en adjective)
  • friendly and cheerful
  • (especially of weather) pleasantly mild and warm
  • {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=3 , The well breath'd youth, hot-mettled, and flush with genial juices, was now fairly in for making me know my driver. }}
  • marked by genius
  • * 2003 , Laura Fermi, Gilberto Bernardini, Galileo and the Scientific Revolution , Courier Dover Publications, page 111 []:
  • About fifty years later, in 1675, the Danish astronomer Ole Roemer (1644-1710) had the genial idea of using astronomical rather than terrestrial distances.
  • (anatomy) genian; relating to the chin
  • Derived terms

    * congenial


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  • Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp.
  • a mellow apple
  • Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid.
  • a mellow soil
  • * Drayton
  • flowers of rank and mellow glebe
  • Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued, soft, rich, delicate; said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc.
  • * Wordsworth
  • the mellow horn
  • * Thomson
  • the mellow -tasted Burgundy
  • * Percival
  • The tender flush whose mellow stain imbues / Heaven with all freaks of light.
  • Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.
  • * Wordsworth
  • May health return to mellow age.
  • * Washington Irving
  • as merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound
  • Relaxed; calm; easygoing; laid-back.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=3 citation , passage=Here the stripped panelling was warmly gold and the pictures, mostly of the English school, were mellow and gentle in the afternoon light.}}
  • Warmed by liquor, slightly intoxicated; or, stoned, high.
  • (Addison)

    Derived terms

    * mellowness


    (en noun)
  • A relaxed mood.
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  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make mellow; to relax or soften.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * J. C. Shairp
  • The fervour of early feeling is tempered and mellowed by the ripeness of age.
  • To become .
  • Derived terms

    * harshing my mellow (harsh one's mellow) * mellow out