balmy

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adjective \ˈbä-mē, ˈbäl-mē\

Definition of balmy

balmier

;

balmiest

  1. 1a :  having the qualities of balm :  soothing … 'tis a soldier's life to have their balmy slumbers wak'd with strife. — Shakespeareb :  mild, temperate balmy weather a balmy summer evening

  2. 2 :  crazy, foolish the country has gone slightly balmy — G. A. Parks

balmily

play \-mə-lē\ adverb

balminess

play \-mē-nəs\ noun

Examples of balmy in a Sentence

  1. a completely balmy but harmless old man who talked intently to plants and believed they answered back

  2. a pleasant, balmy breeze was all that stirred the wildflowers growing near the shore

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Origin and Etymology of balmy

see balm


BALMY Defined for English Language Learners

balmy

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adjective

Definition of balmy for English Language Learners

  • of air, weather, etc. : warm, calm, and pleasant

  • : crazy or foolish


BALMY Defined for Kids

balmy

play
adjective \ˈbä-mē, ˈbäl-mē\

Definition of balmy for Students

balmier

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balmiest

  1. :  warm, calm, and pleasant a balmy breeze



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