\ ˈbä-mē How to pronounce balmy (audio) , ˈbäl-mē How to pronounce balmy (audio) \
balmier; balmiest

Definition of balmy

1a : having the qualities of balm : soothing … 'tis a soldier's life to have their balmy slumbers wak'd with strife.— Shakespeare
b : mild, temperate balmy weather a balmy summer evening
2 : crazy, foolish the country has gone slightly balmy— G. A. Parks

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Other Words from balmy

balmily \ ˈbä(l)-​mə-​lē How to pronounce balmily (audio) \ adverb
balminess \ ˈbä(l)-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce balminess (audio) \ noun

Examples of balmy in a Sentence

a completely balmy but harmless old man who talked intently to plants and believed they answered back a pleasant, balmy breeze was all that stirred the wildflowers growing near the shore
Recent Examples on the Web The nights are partly cloudy and balmy, with lows 70 to 75. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Cloudy today but then mid-summer heat and humidity midweek," 9 Sep. 2019 But the balmy weather hardly compares with the Fijians themselves, who are known for sincere warmth and hospitality. Fortune, "Your 2020 Road Map: The Best Travel Destinations for Every Season of the Coming Year," 21 Dec. 2019 So yeah, any of the lucky 50,000-plus fans who packed the L.A. ballpark that balmy night got to see the only living Beatles playing together for the first time in years. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Best Live Shows Of 2019: Staff Picks," 4 Dec. 2019 The record still belongs to 1893 which got all the way up to a balmy 64 degrees. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "With no shot at a white Christmas, Indianapolis could get warmest Christmas in 37 years," 23 Dec. 2019 Madison basked in a balmy 53 degrees, one degree shy of that same 1875 record. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yep, we had a white Halloween and now we'll get a green Christmas," 22 Dec. 2019 Leaders and elder statesmen of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gathered at the balmy seaside resort of Beidaihe just east of Beijing Saturday to kick off their annual summer retreat. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "The U.S.-China Trade War Is Steering the World Toward Crisis and There Is No Easy Retreat," 7 Aug. 2019 Located south of Italy, the island nation enjoys balmy temperatures year-round. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "The EU country with the most holiday air travel per capita may surprise you," 15 Dec. 2019 The birthplace of reggae and Bob Marley, native rhythms echo in the balmy breeze. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "20 warm-weather destinations to visit this winter if you just can't take the cold anymore," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of balmy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for balmy

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18 Feb 2020

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“Balmy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of balmy

of air, weather, etc. : warm, calm, and pleasant
chiefly US, informal : crazy or foolish


\ ˈbä-mē How to pronounce balmy (audio) , ˈbäl-mē \
balmier; balmiest

Kids Definition of balmy

: warm, calm, and pleasant a balmy breeze

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