balmily

balmy

[bah-mee]
adjective, balmier, balmiest.
1.
mild and refreshing; soft; soothing: balmy weather.
2.
having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant: balmy leaves.
3.
producing balm: balmy plants; a balmy shrub.
4.
Informal. crazy; foolish; eccentric.

Origin:
1490–1500; balm + -y1

balmily, adverb
balminess, noun


1. fair, gentle, temperate, clement.
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balmy (ˈbɑːmɪ)
 
adj , balmier, balmiest
1.  (of weather) mild and pleasant
2.  having the qualities of balm; fragrant or soothing
3.  a variant spelling of barmy
 
'balmily
 
adv
 
'balminess
 
n

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balmy
c.1500, "delicately fragrant," from balm (q.v.). Figurative use for "soothing" dates from c.1600; of breezes, air, etc. "mild, fragrant" (combining both earlier senses) it is first attested 1704. Meaning "weak-minded, idiotic," 1851, is from London slang.
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balmy definition


  1. mod.
    crazy; giddy. : You are totally balmy if you think I will put up with that stuff.
  2. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : She's not just drunk, she's a little balmy.
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