balmy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

balm +‎ -y. Doublet of balsamic.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈbɑː.mi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɑːmi

Adjective[edit]

balmy (comparative balmier, superlative balmiest)

  1. Producing balm.
  2. Soothing or fragrant.
  3. Mild and pleasant.
  4. (informal, US) Foolish; slightly crazy or mad; eccentric.
    Synonym: barmy (UK)
    • 1958 April 1, Roald Dahl, “Parson's Pleasure”, in Esquire[1], page 148:
      'I reckon he's balmy,' Claud said, and Bert grinned darkly, rolling his misty eye slowly round in its socket.

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