\ 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 127th installment of the Brookline-Newton North rivalry, played out on a picturesque, balmy Saturday afternoon in March rather than Thanksgiving morning, did not lack for intensity or theater., "Newton North football shows its fight and might to bounce back against Brookline," 20 Mar. 2021 The highest temperature in 2021 in the Greater Hartford area has been 49 degrees on March 3 and there hasn’t been a 50-degree reading since Christmas Day, when the high temperature was a balmy 63 degrees., "Temps to reach mid-50s Tuesday," 8 Mar. 2021 My colleague Julian Chokkattu also contributed to testing from the comparatively balmy beach oasis of Brooklyn, New York. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "Our Favorite Cold-Weather Gear for $100 or Less," 5 Mar. 2021 However, that record lasted for only one day as February 22 pushed the mercury even higher topping out at a balmy 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25.6 degrees Celsius). Pedram Javaheri, CNN, "In February the US experienced record cold temperatures while much of the planet hit all-time highs," 2 Mar. 2021 The high temps of August start to decline, down to 88° F in September, 84.4°in October, and a balmy 80° in November. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, "Florida Keys Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 Then to dress the leaves with an equatorial fruit evocative of blue skies and green seas and balmy ease? Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "How the French Dress a Salad," 1 Mar. 2021 Once again, clear blue skies and comfortable breezes are enveloping the Pharmalot campus on what is a relatively balmy start to the day. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Moderna proceeds with a vaccine trial to combat Covid-19 variant; who will be the next FDA commish?," 27 Feb. 2021 Those keen to sail away from the Covid-19 pandemic and other travails of the past year can literally do just that this April in beautiful, balmy Bermuda. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, "The Ultimate Spring Break 2021 Escape: An Exclusive Sailing Championship In Beautiful Bermuda," 25 Feb. 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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“Balmy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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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