Harsh vs Mellow - What's the difference?

harsh | mellow |


As adjectives the difference between harsh and mellow

is that harsh is unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses while mellow is soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp.

As verbs the difference between harsh and mellow

is that harsh is (slang) to negatively criticize while mellow is to make mellow; to relax or soften.

As a noun mellow is

a relaxed mood.

harsh

English

Adjective

(er)
  • Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.
  • Severe or cruel.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 5 , author=Phil Dawkes , title=QPR 2 - 3 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Great news for City, but the result was harsh on Neil Warnock's side who gave as good as they got even though the odds were stacked against them.}}

    Antonyms

    * genteel

    Verb

    (es)
  • (slang) To negatively criticize.
  • Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
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  • (slang) to put a damper on (a mood).
  • Dude, you're harshing my buzz.
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  • Synonyms

    * rough

    Derived terms

    * harshly * harshness

    mellow

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • 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

    Noun

    (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