\ 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 On a balmy summer night about two months ago, Joe Cwiklinski climbed into his car, strapped on the seat belt, and began driving home from a friend’s house in Virginia. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "A ‘miracle’ and a ‘shock’: Months later, D.C. woman meets the stranger whose life she saved," 3 Oct. 2019 In the summer, the weather hovers around a balmy 50 degrees, and caribou herds, sheep, and wild foxes can be seen. Jae Thomas, Marie Claire, "The Best National Parks for Every Kind of Vacation," 15 Aug. 2019 To keep the orphans warm, their rooms are heated to a balmy 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Inside the Heroic Mission to Save Thousands of Baby Flamingos," 11 Aug. 2019 But Markle also provided a masterclass in how to dress for the balmy meets breezy days of early September. Neha Prakash, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wore a Denim J.Crew Dress to the U.S. Open—and It's Still in Stock," 7 Sep. 2019 The Dutch duo of Emiel van den Dungen and Raynor de Groot cull inspiration from South American, Caribbean and African music to create house grooves that are slow, psychedelic and as balmy as a run through the rainforest. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance Emerging Artists: September 2019," 5 Sep. 2019 But China’s slowdown and the weakness of its currency seem to be discouraging its citizens, who made up more than a quarter of the 38m foreign visitors to Thailand last year, from enjoying fresh coconuts on balmy beaches. The Economist, "A fall in the number of Chinese tourists breeds unease in Thailand," 29 Aug. 2019 Ditto for Christmas creep, spreading yuletide cheer to our retailers every balmy September. Phillip Valys,, "Go away, pumpkin creep: Pumpkin spice invades South Florida earlier than ever | PHOTOS," 22 Aug. 2019 With a program of Russian classics under former Blossom Festival director Jahja Ling, the Cleveland Orchestra Saturday hit on the essence of the season, reminding a large crowd on a balmy night what classical music in July and August is all about. Zachary Lewis,, "Jahja Ling conjures true spirit of Blossom with Cleveland Orchestra, Conrad Tao," 15 July 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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The first known use of balmy was in the 15th century

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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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