barmy

[bahr-mee]
adjective, barmier, barmiest.
1.
containing or resembling barm; frothy.
2.
British Slang. balmy ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1525–35; barm + -y1; def. 2 probably respelling of balmy by r-less speaker

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barmy (ˈbɑːmɪ)
 
adj , -mier, -miest
slang Also: balmy eccentric or foolish
 
[C16: originally, full of barm, hence frothing, excited, flighty, etc]

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barmy
1530s, "frothing, covered with barm" (see barm); figurative sense of "excited, flighty" is from c.1600. Meaning "foolish" (1892) is probably an alteration of balmy.
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It may not be what you say is not, but what you write is completely barmy.
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