Nearby words

  1. callously,
  2. callow,
  3. calloway,
  4. calloway, cab,
  5. callus,
  6. calmative,
  7. calmette,
  8. calmly,
  9. calmness,
  10. calmodulin

Origin of calm

1350–1400; (noun, adj.) Middle English calm(e) < Italian calma (noun), calmo (adj.) < Late Latin cauma summer heat (with l perhaps from Latin calēre to be hot) < Greek kaûma (stem kaumat-) burning heat; akin to kaíein to burn (see caustic); (v.) Middle English calmen < Italian calmare, derivative of the noun

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3. Calm, collected, composed, cool imply the absence of agitation. Calm implies an unruffled state, especially under disturbing conditions: calm in a crisis. Collected implies complete inner command of oneself, usually as the result of an effort: He remained collected in spite of the excitement. One who is composed has or has gained dignified self-possession: pale but composed. Cool implies clarity of judgment along with apparent absence of strong feeling or excitement, especially in circumstances of danger or strain: so cool that he seemed calm.

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British Dictionary definitions for calmly

calm

adjective

almost without motion; stilla calm sea
meteorol of force 0 on the Beaufort scale; without wind
not disturbed, agitated, or excited; under controlhe stayed calm throughout the confusion
tranquil; serenea calm voice

noun

an absence of disturbance or rough motion; stillness
absence of wind
tranquillity

verb

(often foll by down) to make or become calm
Derived Formscalmly, adverbcalmness, noun

Word Origin for calm

C14: from Old French calme, from Old Italian calma, from Late Latin cauma heat, hence a rest during the heat of the day, from Greek kauma heat, from kaiein to burn

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Word Origin and History for calmly
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