\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

Synonyms & Antonyms for balmy


barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, nutty, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]


balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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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

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But just two weeks later, the region was hit by a comparative warm spell, with thermometers spiking to a balmy 17 degrees. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Coldest Permanently Inhabited Place on Earth," 10 Sep. 2018 The actress was photographed on Friday in New York—mid-August, where the temperature is a balmy 87 degrees—wearing a blue velvet pantsuit. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Blake Lively's Summer Outfit Features Two Velvet Blazers and No Shirt," 17 Aug. 2018 Although temperatures out west remain slightly balmier this time of year, a bold skin reveal is still risky. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Emily Blunt's Risky Skin Reveal Is a Lesson in Year-Round Body Confidence," 15 Nov. 2018 The glossy, balmy formula doesn't add a ton of shine but brings a dose of hydration that keeps my lips alive and kicking. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Wearing Lip Liner With Lip Balm," 1 Nov. 2018 The group, consisting of donors and academics, congregated in the 53rd Street lobby on a balmy summer morning before the museum opened. Derek Blasberg, WSJ, "How the Record-Breaking Sale of a Lichtenstein Painting Changed Agnes Gund’s Life," 31 Oct. 2018 This house on Mexico’s western coast takes on both approaches and in the process creates a beautiful homage to the region’s balmy weather. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tropical modern house has a courtyard filled with palm trees," 23 Oct. 2018 The country’s oldest, longest-running conservatory is spread over a 13-acre wonderland of tropical gardens, balmy fernery, and cactus museum. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 Those faintly balmy conditions are linked to a surge in progesterone in the latter half of the menstrual cycle, called the luteal phase. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of balmy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for balmy

see balm

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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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