adjective, warm·er, warm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to prepare for a game, sports contest, dance, etc., by moderate exercise or practice beforehand.
- to increase in excitement, intensity, violence, etc.: The racial situation was warming up.
- to become friendlier or more receptive: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't warm up to that proposal.
- Radio and Television.to entertain (an audience) prior to a broadcast to increase receptiveness.
Origin of warm
Synonyms for warm
Antonyms for warm
Related Words for warmtemperate, lukewarm, tepid, sunny, mild, balmy, pleasant, hot, sweltering, heated, cordial, cheerful, affectionate, heartfelt, happy, warmhearted, hearty, hospitable, tender, loving
Examples from the Web for warm
Contemporary Examples of warm
Warm milk mixed with a spoonful of fireplace ashes seemed to also be popular among 19th century England.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
It was doubtless a warm reunion with his family, who are featured in The Cuban Wives.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
Serve with the warm sauce and your choice of ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
Dinner was a baroque affair, on the beach, a warm breeze gently blowing.Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated
December 22, 2014
If you need to store the bottle in the fridge, let it warm up for a few minutes on the counter before serving.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of warm
Why, at that fellow's house he gives you that claret wine as warm as soup.
If that man was a woman he'd be a warm neighbourhood gossip.
"Now we're getting where Christians live," said Percival, with warm appreciation.
I had a warm regard for your father, and shall be glad to help your mother if there is any occasion.
Mrs. Morgan gave Robert a reception as warm as her husband had done.
Word Origin for warm
Old English wearm, from Proto-Germanic *warmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German warm, Old Norse varmr, Gothic warmjan "to warm"), from PIE *gwher- (cf. Sanskrit gharmah "heat;" Old Persian Garmapada-, name of the fourth month, corresponding to June/July, from garma- "heat;" Armenian jerm "warm;" Greek thermos "warm;" Latin formus "warm," fornax "oven;" Old Irish fogeir "heated;" Hittite war- "to burn"). The root also may be connected to that of Old Church Slavonic goriti "to burn," varu "heat," variti "to cook, boil;" and Lithuanian verdu "to seethe."
The distinction, based on degree of heat, between "warm" and "hot" is general in Balto-Slavic and Germanic, but in other languages one word often covers both (cf. Latin calidus, Greek thermos, French chaud, Spanish caliente). In reference to feelings, etc., attested from late 15c. Sense in guessing games first recorded 1860, from earlier hunting use in reference to scent or trail (1713). Warm-blooded in reference to mammals is recorded from 1793. Warm-hearted first recorded c.1500.
Old English wyrman "make warm" and wearmian "become warm;" from the root of warm (adj.). Phrase warm the bench is sports jargon first recorded 1907. Warm up (v.) "exercise before an activity" is attested from 1868. In reference to appliances, motors, etc., attested from 1947. Noun phrase warm-up "act or practice of warming up" is recorded from 1915. Related: Warmed; warming.
SCOTCH WARMING PAN. A wench. [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1788]
In addition to the idioms beginning with warm
- warm as toast
- warm heart
- warm the bench
- warm the cockles of one's heart
- warm up
- warm welcome
- cold hands, warm heart
- look like death (warmed over)