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.
- warm as toast,
- warm front,
- warm heart,
- warm over,
- warm sector
Origin of warm
Examples from the Web for warm
Warm milk mixed with a spoonful of fireplace ashes seemed to also be popular among 19th century England.
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|Nina Strochlic|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dinner was a baroque affair, on the beach, a warm breeze gently blowing.
If you need to store the bottle in the fridge, let it warm up for a few minutes on the counter before serving.
Let stand until morning in a warm place or in a covered bread pan well wrapped to retain the heat.Civic League Cook Book|Anonymous
New Zealand spinach is satisfactory for growing in warm climates, as it withstands heat better than the ordinary spinach.The Vegetable Garden|Anonymous
Charley shook her head as she methodically drew his rags about him and made him as warm as she could.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
A handsome man is very dry fuel near a young lady's warm heart—her enthusiasm soon glows into a blaze.Miles Tremenhere, Vol 1 of 2|Annette Marie Maillard
It recurred every Sunday whenever the weather was fine and warm.Frederic Lord Leighton |Ernest Rhys
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)