[ bahr-mee ]
/ ˈbɑr mi /

adjective, barm·i·er, barm·i·est.

containing or resembling barm; frothy.
British Slang. balmy (def. 4).



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Origin of barmy

1525–35; barm + -y1; def. 2 probably respelling of balmy by r-less speakers Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for barmy

  • Well, then, hall Hi can say his hit sounds like barmy Yankee nonsense to me.

  • "If you ask me, I think the blighter is barmy," asserted the Briton.

    The Unspeakable Perk|Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • A man shall not be choak't With the stench of garlic, nor be pasted To the barmy jacket of a beer-brewer.

    Shakespearean Playhouses|Joseph Quincy Adams
  • None of them except Barmy Sid once visited his rooms; nor did he find it at all easy to strike up even a staircase acquaintance.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for barmy

/ (ˈbɑːmɪ) /

adjective -mier or -miest

slang eccentric or foolishAlso: balmy

Word Origin for barmy

C16: originally, full of barm, hence frothing, excited, flighty, etc
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