balmy

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for balmy

Synonyms

barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, nutty, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]

Antonyms

balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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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

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Spring may officially be on the horizon, but the temperatures in the Northeast are hovering around a less than balmy 20 degrees. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Nails the Mid-Winter Ab Reveal," 6 Mar. 2019 Companies that move from California have historically left behind its diverse industries, renowned public universities and balmy climate for states with lower taxes and lighter regulation. Nour Malas, WSJ, "California Has the Jobs but Not Enough Homes," 19 Mar. 2019 This house in Singapore shows how a porous facade can dissolve the barriers between indoor and outdoor living while helping control the region’s notoriously balmy climate. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern tropical house uses pool and facade for climate control," 19 Oct. 2018 On the mainland, summer's done; but on the islands and coastal regions, temperatures remain pleasantly balmy, the pace remains slack, and the drinks remain potent and chilled. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "It's Hurricane Season. Time to Plan Your Trip to the Caribbean: Travelogue Podcast," 7 Sep. 2018 Beauty The first true bellwether of spring, Daylight Saving Time, kicks in on Sunday—and while temperatures are already unusually balmy along the East Coast, the longer, lighter waking hours will come as a welcome relief. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Sleep Masks to Look More Well Rested Than You Feel," 10 Mar. 2018 The sky turns cerulean and is generally cloudless, and the air remains pleasantly balmy. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What Palm Beach Is Like Now That Donald Trump Is Gone," 10 May 2017 Used to the balmy breezes at home and usually hospitable weather in the NL West, Los Angeles hadn’t started a game this year in a temperature below 58. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Fenway Park gave Dodgers cold shoulder, Series shifts to LA," 25 Oct. 2018 But nevertheless, the dark sky and balmy summer temperatures will make the Perseids a great meteor shower to watch. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "The 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower Promises Spectacular Views This Week," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of balmy

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

History and Etymology for balmy

see balm

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balmy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of balmy

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

balmy

adjective
\ 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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