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balmy

[bah-mee] /ˈbɑ mi/
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 of balmy
1490-1500
1490-1500; balm + -y1
Related forms
balmily, adverb
balminess, noun
Synonyms
1. fair, gentle, temperate, clement.
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  • In this tranquil town, almost voluptuous in its richness of colour and balminess of atmosphere, you lose yourself in laziness.

    Brittany Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
  • The day was lovely and the air had almost the balminess of spring.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow William Seymour Edwards
  • The day was now rapidly waning, bringing on a balminess of evening such as is found in few places other than Naples.

  • And I remember that she brought in with her some of the sunlight and balminess of the spring day.

    The Story of a Child Pierre Loti
  • It was of no use, sleep forsook his eyes, although he was so tired that he longed for its balminess.

  • The air that morning had softened to a balminess like spring.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The pride some had felt over the balminess of previous winters was forgotten.

  • The balminess of the still September night made them reluctant to go indoors.

  • In the sunny clime of North Carolina May comes with all the balminess and soft zephyrs of a more northern summer.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for balminess

balmy

/ˈbɑːmɪ/
adjective balmier, balmiest
1.
(of weather) mild and pleasant
2.
having the qualities of balm; fragrant or soothing
3.
a variant spelling of barmy
Derived Forms
balmily, adverb
balminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for balminess

balmy

adj.

c.1500, "delicately fragrant," from balm + -y (2). 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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Slang definitions & phrases for balminess

balmy

modifier

Crazy; insane

Related Terms

barmy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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