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[wawrmth] /wɔrmθ/
the quality or state of being warm; moderate or gentle heat.
the sensation of moderate heat.
liveliness of feelings, emotions, or sympathies; ardor or fervor; enthusiasm or zeal:
She spoke her mind with great warmth. There was warmth in his greeting and in his handshake.
the quality of being intimate and attached:
All children need warmth and affection from their families.
an effect of brightness, cheerfulness, coziness, etc., achieved by the use of warm colors:
The room has warmth since it was redecorated.
the means or ability to produce a sensation of heat:
a jacket with little warmth.
slight anger or irritation:
Her denial betrayed some warmth.
Origin of warmth
1125-75; Middle English wermth. See warm, -th1
Related forms
warmthless, adjective
warmthlessness, noun
3. heat, fire, spirit, vigor. 4. tenderness, kindness, affection. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for warmth
  • The fire pit even puts out enough warmth to heat her top deck, she says.
  • Close your curtains to keep out daytime summer heat or keep in nighttime winter warmth.
  • Instead, the heat radiates through the wall into interior rooms, providing long-lasting warmth during the nighttime hours.
  • People around the world use firewood for heat, warmth and cooking.
  • The warmth from that meeting, if there was any, seems to have turned into heat.
  • Often the dogs would find buried travelers, dig through the snow and lie on top of the injured to provide warmth.
  • After all, fungi generally prefer warmth, and no trees have grown on the frozen continent for millions of years.
  • Back in the day, the first-footer also brought coal for warmth.
  • How the frigid economic climate is creating a certain human warmth on our campuses.
  • Rarely is such warmth and humanity present in the world of curriculum vitae, publishing histories, and pedagogic philosophies.
British Dictionary definitions for warmth


the state, quality, or sensation of being warm
intensity of emotion: he denied the accusation with some warmth
affection or cordiality
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Word Origin and History for warmth

late 12c., wearmth, Proto-Germanic *warmitho- (cf. Middle Low German wermede, Dutch warmte), from *warmo- (see warm (adj.)).

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