balmy

[bah-mee]

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 1490–1500; balm + -y1
Related formsbalm·i·ly, adverbbalm·i·ness, noun

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balmy

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
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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