\ 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 Just under two hours from Tucson and a 20-minute drive from Phoenix, Scottsdale is a balmy retreat stationed on the edge of the Valley of the Sun. Macy Sirmans, Travel + Leisure, "Everything You Need to See, Do, and Eat on an Arizona Road Trip," 19 May 2020 And enlarged vintage stamps with scenes of these balmy locales are adorned on shirts, wrap skirts, and kaftans. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mary Katrantzou’s New Capsule Collection Has Us Dreaming of Beachside Vacations," 5 May 2020 Return with us now to the balmy past, when the IFC series co-created by and costarring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein made Portland look like the world capital of political correctness. oregonlive, "29 Oregon-filmed movies and TV shows to watch when you’re home because of coronavirus," 4 May 2020 Low temperatures may stay in relatively balmy territory, mid- to upper 50s. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A couple showers today as it becomes breezy; Saturday should be fantastic," 1 May 2020 Now, paleontologists have uncovered an even more recent sign of the frigid continent’s balmy past: a fossilized frog dating to roughly 40 million years ago, reports Maria Temming for Science News. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Paleontologists Find Antarctica’s First Frog Fossil," 28 Apr. 2020 Last weekend, Firmino suited up and started spraying bleach on the side streets, alleys and nooks of his favela in balmy 80-degree heat. Flora Charner, CNN, "The Brazilian favela resident who saw coronavirus coming," 9 Apr. 2020 And the weather in the Yukon may be chilly, but the water that flows into the pools comes in at a balmy 108°F, according to the company. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Over 200 People Participated in a Hair Freezing Contest in Canada — and the Photos Are Unbelievable," 3 Apr. 2020 Ward's husband wanted to weather the storm in the balmy Florida conditions, but the two agreed to make the 23-hour drive north. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "They fled Michigan's winter. Now snowbirds don't know if it's safe to come home.," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Balmy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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