\ 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 balmy (audio) \ adverb
balminess \ ˈbä(l)-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce balmy (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Sitting in the path of the Gulf Stream, the archipelago of 140 tiny islands – there are just five inhabited – has balmy temperatures and warm breezes for most of the year. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The Dodgers lost more than the National League West title on this balmy Sunday. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 For the next 80 minutes on this balmy Thursday evening in late May, the actors would sing and declaim while pacing across a green swath of lawn just outside their cafeteria. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 The haze from all those wildfires elsewhere may look alarming, but Friday’s temperature is forecast at a perfectly balmy 82. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 On a balmy Sunday evening in May 2020, Williams and his wife Jacqueline Anderson settled in at their apartment building on Chicago’s South Side., 20 Aug. 2021 Cleveland, in the meantime, has been relatively balmy, with only seven days in the 90s and none higher than 92 degrees, recorded on June 29. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 In the same dystopian future, coastlines are battered by storms, ice caps have melted, and formerly balmy places are unlivable. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 A day at the races offers just one aperture into Mauritian culture, beyond the balmy beach resorts. Mary Holland, Robb Report, 4 Sep. 2021

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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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10 Oct 2021

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“Balmy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of balmy

: warm, calm, and pleasant
: 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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