\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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Welcome to the Cannes Film Festival, where the red carpet is dominated by international actresses, the Côte d'Azur weather is balmy, and the beauty statements are unapologetically glamorous. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Pulls an Airport-to–Red Carpet Transformation in Cannes," 10 May 2018 Compared with the weather in South Korea, Hollywood was balmy at 62 degrees on Sunday. Khanh T.l. Tran,, "At the Academy Awards, power dressing is a bold move," 5 Mar. 2018 While temperatures in Vancouver and Sochi could be downright balmy, these Games could be the coldest since 1994, when Lillehammer, Norway, was host. Sean Gregory, Time, "5 Big Stories to Watch at the Winter Olympics," 5 Feb. 2018 Otherwise, this winter has been positively balmy compared with last winter, which delivered torrents of snow and ice to the region in December and January. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Portland Metro Saturday Weather: Clear skies, sunny day after record high temps," 13 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of balmy

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

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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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