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[bah-mee] /ˈbɑ mi/
adjective, balmier, balmiest.
mild and refreshing; soft; soothing:
balmy weather.
having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant:
balmy leaves.
producing balm:
balmy plants; a balmy shrub.
Informal. crazy; foolish; eccentric.
Origin of balmy
First recorded in 1490-1500; balm + -y1
Related forms
balmily, adverb
balminess, noun
1. fair, gentle, temperate, clement. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for balminess
Historical Examples
  • The day was lovely and the air had almost the balminess of spring.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow

    William Seymour Edwards
  • And I remember that she brought in with her some of the sunlight and balminess of the spring day.

    The Story of a Child Pierre Loti
  • The air that morning had softened to a balminess like spring.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The balminess of the still September night made them reluctant to go indoors.

  • In the sunny clime of North Carolina May comes with all the balminess and soft zephyrs of a more northern summer.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • The pride some had felt over the balminess of previous winters was forgotten.

  • The day was now rapidly waning, bringing on a balminess of evening such as is found in few places other than Naples.

  • In this tranquil town, almost voluptuous in its richness of colour and balminess of atmosphere, you lose yourself in laziness.


    Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
  • It was of no use, sleep forsook his eyes, although he was so tired that he longed for its balminess.

British Dictionary definitions for balminess


adjective balmier, balmiest
(of weather) mild and pleasant
having the qualities of balm; fragrant or soothing
a variant spelling of barmy
Derived Forms
balmily, adverb
balminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for balminess



c.1500, "delicately fragrant," from balm + -y (2). Figurative use for "soothing" dates from c.1600; of breezes, air, etc. "mild, fragrant" (combining both earlier senses) it is first attested 1704. Meaning "weak-minded, idiotic," 1851, is from London slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for balminess



Crazy; insane

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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