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

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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 coldest guy on Earth is actually warm and balmy, like a summer shower. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Consider this my application to ghostwrite Mike Pence’s autobiography," 29 Apr. 2021 The warm fronts are getting closer, but any truly balmy air (80s) will remain south of Minnesota next week. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Limping Into Spring: Milder and Wetter Pattern Next Week," 22 Apr. 2021 Summer heat is creeping around the corner with balmy nights and sweaty slumbers close in tow. Kate Spencer,, "15 Pairs Of Breezy (& Affordable) Linen Pajamas," 20 Apr. 2021 Get discounts on lightweight makeup for a low-key summer beat, like best-selling BB and CC creams, dewy blush drops from Flower Beauty, and a balmy Beauty Award–winning bronzer from Physicians Formula. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Ulta Sale 2021: The 24 Best Deals to Shop at Ulta’s Spring Haul Event," 9 Apr. 2021 Garage doors rolled up around the perimeter of the courts, creating an open-air effect on balmy afternoons, several stories above the city. New York Times, "The Way We Worked Out," 24 Feb. 2021 Hospitals across the South grappled with water shortages Sunday as the region carried on with recovery efforts in the wake of a devastating winter storm, and the weather offered a balmy respite — temperatures as high as the mid-60s. Fox News, "Hospitals confront water shortages in winter storm aftermath," 22 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, the weather offered a balmy respite: temperatures as high as the mid-60s. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The Merrick Garland model," 22 Feb. 2021 The balmy weather will continue Thursday and will cool down going into the weekend. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area temps to break into the 80s this week - when will rain return?," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Balmy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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