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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
1490-1500
1490-1500; balm + -y1
Related forms
balmily, adverb
balminess, noun
Synonyms
1. fair, gentle, temperate, clement.
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Examples from the web for balmy
  • For several years in a row, the weather was unusually balmy.
  • There's good news besides the relatively balmy weather.
  • balmy typically means good things: soothing, mild, pleasant.
  • The weather is warm and balmy with high humidity all year round.
  • Not the fear of temperatures dropping in the middle of the night, especially in this balmy winter weather.
  • But even if the weather had been balmy, and he had been alive and physically capable, the guest of honor wouldn't have showed up.
  • IN gardening circles, the greenhouse effect is defined as the balmy sensation a nursery can give, especially in winter.
  • As the sun set, the searing heat of the day gave way to a balmy ocean breeze.
  • Plant a vine near a patio where you can enjoy its perfume on balmy summer evenings.
  • The tobacco farthest from the burning tip might be a balmy temperature, from a bacterial point of view.
British Dictionary definitions for balmy

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 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 balmy

balmed

modifier

Intoxicated with alcohol


balmy

modifier

Crazy; insane

Related Terms

barmy


barmy

adjective

Mildly crazy; cracked: One of your balmier notions

[first form chiefly British 1600+, second 1800s+; fr barm, ''froth on fermenting beer,'' hence ''flighty, ditsy''; fell in with balmy, said to be fr St Bartelemy, the patron of mad folk, perhaps because the words are homophones in British English]


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