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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Example sentences
For several years in a row, the weather was unusually balmy.
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.
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