[ bah-mee ]
/ ˈbɑ mi /

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.

Nearby words

  1. balmain bug,
  2. balmer,
  3. balmer series,
  4. balmoral,
  5. balmung,
  6. balneal,
  7. balneology,
  8. balneotherapy,
  9. balochi,
  10. balon

Origin of balmy

First recorded in 1490–1500; balm + -y1

Related formsbalm·i·ly, adverbbalm·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for balmy


/ (ˈbɑːmɪ) /

adjective balmier or balmiest

(of weather) mild and pleasant
having the qualities of balm; fragrant or soothing
a variant spelling of barmy
Derived Formsbalmily, adverbbalminess, noun

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Word Origin and History for balmy



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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