SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, balm·i·er, balm·i·est. 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
-y 1 Related forms balm·i·ly, adverb balm·i·ness, noun
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attar Examples from the Web for balminess Historical Examples of balminess
The day was lovely and the air had almost the
balminess of spring.
And I remember that she brought in with her some of the sunlight and
balminess of the spring day.
The air that morning had softened to a
balminess like spring.
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. British Dictionary definitions for balminess adjective balmier or 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 adj.
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.
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