adjective, calm·er, calm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- calloway, cab,
Origin of calm
Examples from the Web for calm
The government continues to call for calm while warning people to be on their guard.
He allows the subject to float over to Hitchcock with a calm directness that I admire.
A doctor comes to his house and gives him shots of cortisone to calm the arthritic pain in his knees.
Still, he said he expects Novartis to provide further documentation to calm fears.
The only issue was whether “we can get [Blanc] calm and able to talk lol.”
It was the wise guidance, judicious and calm leadership of the men in these schools that saved the day at Atlanta.Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt|William James Edwards
Calm and quiet when danger raged, he could inspire in his comrades a boundless confidence.The Heart of Pinocchio|Collodi Nipote
But he had very strong feelings underneath his calm exterior, and the approach to Lucy's home gave him many thoughts.Sir Tom|Mrs. Oliphant
The doctor, whom she met there, said that this state of calm was very possibly only transitory.Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
He then started to cuss at us, and so forth, and I tried to talk to him to calm him down.Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Word Origin for calm
late 14c., from Old French calme "tranquility, quiet," traditionally from Old Italian calma, from Late Latin cauma "heat of the mid-day sun" (in Italy, a time when everything rests and is still), from Greek kauma "heat" (especially of the sun), from kaiein "to burn" (see caustic). Spelling influenced by Latin calere "to be hot." Figurative application to social or mental conditions is 16c.
late 14c., from Old French calme, carme "stillness, quiet, tranquility," from the adjective (see calm (adj.)).
late 14c., from Old French calmer or from calm (adj.). Related: Calmed; calming.