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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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  • The afternoon happened to be a perfect one; the air was balmy, with a touch of the Indian summer about it.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
  • The balmy weather which had hitherto prevailed was not to continue.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • What a balmy serenity hovers around them—basking in the sunlight of undisturbed tranquillity.

  • These men came from balmy Minnesota, those from Illinois prairies.

    America First Various
  • A low-hanging, golden moon, a lake that was ripply but not too rough, and balmy night air—who could ask for more?

    The Firebug Roy J. Snell
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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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