balmy

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adjective \ˈbä-mē, ˈbäl-mē\

Definition of balmy

balmier

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balmiest

  1. 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. 2 :  crazy, foolish <the country has gone slightly balmy — G. A. Parks>

balmily

play \-mə-lē\ adverb

balminess

play \-mē-nəs\ noun

Examples of balmy in a sentence

  1. <a completely balmy but harmless old man who talked intently to plants and believed they answered back>

  2. <a pleasant, balmy breeze was all that stirred the wildflowers growing near the shore>

Origin and Etymology of balmy

see balm


First Known Use: 15th century


BALMY Defined for English Language Learners

balmy

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adjective \ˈbä-mē, ˈbäl-mē\

Definition of balmy for English Language Learners

  • of air, weather, etc. : warm, calm, and pleasant

  • : crazy or foolish


BALMY Defined for Kids

balmy

play
adjective \ˈbä-mē, ˈbäl-mē\

Definition of balmy for Students

balmier

balmiest

  1. :  warm, calm, and pleasant <a balmy breeze>



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