\ 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


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]


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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The trio's relaxed chatter bounced between jokes, recent balmy weather - and homicide: One of the men was willing to kill Passage's nemesis., "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 2019 On a hot, balmy evening in New Orleans during the 25th annual Essence Festival, a room full of influential women gathered to celebrate motherhood, sisterhood and the power of being a woman during a spectacular evening hosted by NYDJ. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Tina Knowles-Lawson Reveals The Most Important Way Motherhood Has Shaped Her," 7 July 2019 At long last, summer has arrived, and while the bright sunshine and balmier temperatures naturally inject life into weary complexions, there’s no denying that the season ups the ante on maintaining a clear, healthy-looking glow. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Supercharged Skin Elixir Is the Ultimate Summer Beauty Hack," 5 July 2019 The month arrives on a road back-to-back (Jan. 31 at Winnipeg, Feb. 1 at Minnesota) and includes two home-road back-to-backs, the aforementioned Western Canada freeze-out, and trips to the balmy locales of Minnesota, Chicago, and Detroit. Matt Porter,, "13 thoughts on the Bruins’ schedule for 2019-20," 25 June 2019 This balmy cosmopolitan port in the far south of the country has a subtropical climate, with skyscrapers that edge onto the beach—hence its nickname: the Miami of the Far East. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Busan Is the Captivating New Destination on Cruises Through Asia," 25 June 2019 From the Mediterranean’s balmy beaches to the Gulf’s shimmering sands, here are the Middle East’s must-visit beaches. Abby Sewell, National Geographic, "Discover the best beaches in the Middle East," 29 May 2019 The new governor, J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, is enjoying balmy times. The Economist, "More liberal, functional Illinois," 21 June 2019 Due to climate change, Washington, D.C., is now balmy in January. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of balmy

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

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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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