Nearby words

  1. warley,
  2. warlike,
  3. warlock,
  4. warlord,
  5. warlpiri,
  6. warm as toast,
  7. warm front,
  8. warm heart,
  9. warm over,
  10. warm sector


    warm the bench, Sports. to serve as a substitute who rarely plays in a game: The young outfielder warmed the bench for the Yankees last season.

Origin of warm

before 900; (adj.) Middle English werm, warm, Old English wearm; cognate with German warm, Old Norse varmr; (v.) Middle English warmen, wermen, Old English werman, wirman (transitive), wearmian (intransitive), both akin to the adj.; (noun) derivative of the v.

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Examples from the Web for warm

British Dictionary definitions for warm



characterized by or having a moderate degree of heat; moderately hot
maintaining or imparting heata warm coat
having or showing ready affection, kindliness, etca warm personality
lively, vigorous, or passionatea warm debate
cordial or enthusiastic; ardentwarm support
quickly or easily arouseda warm temper
(of colours) predominantly red or yellow in tone
(of a scent, trail, etc) recently made; strong
near to finding a hidden object or discovering or guessing facts, as in children's games
informal uncomfortable or disagreeable, esp because of the proximity of danger


(sometimes foll by up) to raise or be raised in temperature; make or become warm or warmer
(when intr, often foll by to) to make or become excited, enthusiastic, etc (about)he warmed to the idea of buying a new car
(intr often foll by to) to feel affection, kindness, etc (for someone)I warmed to her mother from the start
(tr) British to give a caning toI'll warm you in a minute


informal a warm place or areacome into the warm
informal the act or an instance of warming or being warmed
See also warm over, warm up

Derived Formswarmer, nounwarmish, adjectivewarmly, adverbwarmness, noun

Word Origin for warm

Old English wearm; related to Old Frisian, Old Saxon warm, Old Norse varmr

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Word Origin and History for warm
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Idioms and Phrases with warm


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

also see:

  • cold hands, warm heart
  • look like death (warmed over)
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