- containing or resembling barm; frothy.
- British Slang. balmy(def 4).
Origin of barmy
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Examples from the Web for barmy
Well, then, hall Hi can say his hit sounds like barmy Yankee nonsense to me.The Glory of The Coming
Irvin S. Cobb
"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
- slang eccentric or foolishAlso: balmy
C16: originally, full of barm, hence frothing, excited, flighty, etc
Word Origin and History for barmy
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