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 warmlypassionately, intensely, excitedly, ardently, emotionally, sincerely, cordially, kindly, lovingly, affectionately, friendly, genially
Examples from the Web for warmly
Contemporary Examples of warmly
No white African leader has been regarded that warmly for half a century or more.Democratic Africa Gets Its First White Leader
October 29, 2014
As we walked through the venue, campaign staffers and facility workers greeted him warmly.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job
October 2, 2014
She welcomed us warmly, and shared memories of my grandparents and great-grandparents.Survived Hitler, Returned to Germany
May 25, 2014
A warmly funny Abramson revealed that, like the graduates, she was both scared and excited to face the future.‘Calamity Jill’ Rises Again: Fired New York Times Editor Returns to the Public Stage
May 19, 2014
The piece—an intended satire of affirmative action—was not received quite as warmly as the “I speak Jive” scene from Airplane!Ex-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Relives College Glory Days
May 13, 2014
Historical Examples of warmly
"But I tell you she isn't right," insisted Percival, warmly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I shall never think ill of you, Robert," said Hester, warmly.Brave and Bold
This announcement by the Foreign Secretary was warmly applauded by the House.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
"That is enough for the present," returned Hester, shaking hands with him warmly.Weighed and Wanting
Then tell me frankly—did I, just now, speak too much or too warmly?Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
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)