barm

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English bearm.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

barm (plural barms)

  1. (obsolete except in dialects) Bosom, lap.
    • Late 14th century: And with that word this faucon gan to crie / And swowned eft in Canacees barm. — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Squire's Tale’, Canterbury Tales

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English beorma; related to the dialectal (Low) German Bärm ("yeast"), from Middle Low German barm, berm. The cake sense is possibly a shortened form of barmcake, which would be made with yeast as described in that sense, or possibly it is from the Irish báirín breac, a type of cake.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

barm (countable and uncountable, plural barms)

  1. Foam rising upon beer, or other malt liquors, when fermenting, and used as leaven in making bread and in brewing; yeast.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 620:
      In 1577 yeast, called barm, is bought at 9d. the pail.
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 65:
      And he chaffed the women as he served them their ha'porths of barm.
  2. A small, flat, round individual loaf or roll of bread.

See also[edit]


Cimbrian[edit]

Noun[edit]

barm ? (please provide plural)

  1. heat

References[edit]

  • “barm” in Umberto Martello Martalar, Alfonso Bellotto, Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Setti Communi vicentini, 1st edition, 1974.

Danish[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse baðmr (bosom).

Noun[edit]

barm c (singular definite barmen, plural indefinite barme)

  1. bosom
Inflection[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse barmr (rim).

Noun[edit]

barm c (singular definite barmen, plural indefinite barme)

  1. (nautical, archaic) a corner of a sail
Inflection[edit]

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

barm

  1. Romanization of 𐌱𐌰𐍂𐌼

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

barm c

  1. bosom

Declension[edit]