Idioms

    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.
Related formswarm·er, nounwarm·ish, adjectivewarm·ly, adverbwarm·ness, nouno·ver·warmed, adjectivepre·warm, verb (used with object)re·warm, verbun·warmed, adjectiveun·warm·ing, adjectivewell-warmed, adjective

Synonyms for warm

Antonyms for warm

1–3, 5, 8. cool.
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Related Words for warming

toast, thaw, prepare, melt, heat, bake, chafe, cook, fix, microwave

Examples from the Web for warming

Contemporary Examples of warming

Historical Examples of warming

  • The chapter on "Warming Over" will be very useful also to this large class.

    Culture and Cooking

    Catherine Owen

  • Coqueville was always there, in the sun, warming itself like a lazy lizard.

  • He was warming the beef broth in a saucepan on the stove when Emily appeared.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She told a great deal, warming to her subject as she proceeded.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Kate took the child and fed her from a feeding-bottle which had been warming on the oven top.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for warming

warm

adjective

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

verb

(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

noun

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 warming

warm

v.

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]

warm

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with warming

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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