\ˈbä-mē, ˈbäl-mē \
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 \ adverb
balminess \ˈbä(l)-mē-nəs \ 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

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In the days that followed, the weather turned balmy as islanders searched for Eddie Jacks by air and sea. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 The weather was balmy and clear, bathing the ancient stones of Windsor Castle in a beautiful spring light., "Royal wedding guests pour into Windsor Castle ahead of nuptials watched 'round the world," 19 May 2018 Delicately, the groundskeepers pointed out that the weather in Manchester is a little less balmy, a little more sodden, than Catalonia or Bavaria, and that perhaps the grass should be slightly longer to account for that. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Greatness of Pep Guardiola, in a Blade of Grass," 6 Apr. 2018 There was nothing better than a balmy summer night out in pajamas and watching a movie on the huge drive-in screen before falling asleep and having your dad help you into bed. Pat Lenhoff,, "Column: Savoring summer moments while thinking of days long gone," 5 July 2018 That’s picked up in recent years, aided by a relatively strong economy and — as anyone north of the Mason-Dixon line this week will appreciate — balmy winters. Danny Hayes, Washington Post, "White voters are moving to the South — and making it more Democratic," 2 Jan. 2018 Zhuhai, sometimes referred to as China's Florida on account of its balmy climate and lush vegetation, is a family-friendly destination. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "The $20 billion 'umbilical cord': China unveils the world's longest sea-crossing bridge," 4 May 2018 With Fourth of July revelry reaching its apex, and Paris Couture Week continuing to enchant on and off the runway, this week's best beauty moments were a study in how to survive—and embrace—the balmy weather. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of July 8, 2018," 10 July 2018 Working during the South Pole summer, when the sun never sets and temperatures hover at a balmy negative 18 degrees Fahrenheit, scientists and engineers melted dozens of mile-deep holes in the ice and dropped strings of spherical sensors into them. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of balmy

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

: crazy or foolish


\ˈbä-mē, ˈbäl-mē\
balmier; balmiest

Kids Definition of balmy

: warm, calm, and pleasant a balmy breeze

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