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 warmertemperate, lukewarm, tepid, sunny, mild, balmy, pleasant, hot, sweltering, heated, cordial, cheerful, affectionate, heartfelt, happy, warmhearted, hearty, hospitable, tender, loving
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Contemporary Examples of warmer
As the Cold War entered its final years, the film enjoyed a warmer reception in Russia.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
Like thinner and translucent for summer and warmer for winter.Tatiana Sorokko Is the Queen of Vintage Couture
October 8, 2014
More than six years later, the oceans have continued their rise and the planet is ever warmer.Dem Donors’ Lysistrata Moment on Climate Change
September 18, 2014
Hers was a warmer, less profane speech, again in memory of a much-missed buddy.I Was There: Inside Joan Rivers’ Funeral
September 8, 2014
So there's many different reasons why you do things, but I'm actively pursuing the warmer, nicer people.‘Surviving Jack’ Star Rachael Harris Is No Longer ‘The Bitch'
March 27, 2014
Historical Examples of warmer
She was not herself any more; she had gone back a generation, and chosen a warmer niche.
A warmer flush than that of firelight alone lay on her cheek.
Then why doesn't the Father of Lights shine more on him and make him warmer?
The sun is shining as much on the earth in the winter as in the summer: why is the earth no warmer?
But I believe that we made it warmer for Zeke and his gang than they did for us.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
Word Origin for warm
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]
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.
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)