Word of the DaySaturday, July 19, 2014
\BAH-mee\ , adjective;
mild and refreshing; soft; soothing: balmy weather.
having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant: balmy leaves.
producing balm: balmy plants; a balmy shrub.
Informal. crazy; foolish; eccentric.
On and off and on and off until he was laughing at the magic of the running water and the chicken and bread that lay balmy in his stomach.
-- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun, 2006
Imagine now, while the curtain's falling, that it's a fine balmy day and the smell of clams coming in from the bay.
-- Henry Miller, Black Spring, 1936
Balmy is the adjectival form of balm, which originally referred to an aromatic resin and came to mean anything that heals. Balmy entered English in the late 1400s.
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