Definition of Balmy

1. Adjective. Informal or slang terms for mentally irregular. "It used to drive my husband balmy"




2. Adjective. Mild and pleasant. "A soft breeze"
Exact synonyms: Mild, Soft
Similar to: Clement
Derivative terms: Balm, Mildness, Softness

Definition of Balmy

1. a. Having the qualities of balm; odoriferous; aromatic; assuaging; soothing; refreshing; mild.

Definition of Balmy

1. Adjective. Producing balm. ¹

2. Adjective. Soothing or fragrant. ¹

3. Adjective. Mild and pleasant. ¹

4. Adjective. (informal) Foolish; slightly crazy or mad; eccentric. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Balmy

1. mild [adj BALMIER, BALMIEST] : BALMILY [adv] - See also: mild

Medical Definition of Balmy

1. 1. Having the qualities of balm; odouriferous; aromatic; assuaging; soothing; refreshing; mild. "The balmy breeze." "Tired nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep !" (Young) 2. Producing balm. "The balmy tree." Synonym: Fragrant, sweet-scented, odourous, spicy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Balmy

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Literary usage of Balmy

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1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"To have a " dose of balmy," or a "wink of the balmy," to sleep. As it's rather late, I'll try and get a wink or two of the balmy. ..."

2. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1891)
"For synonyms, see KIP and balmy. 178». GEO. PARKER, Life's Painter, p. 165. Dorsed. The place where a person sleeps, or a bed. ' I DORSED there last darkey. ..."

3. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"Maryland, 1819 balmy, barmy balmy is an old word, going back to the 15th century. It was used in contexts like these: sallied forth to enjoy the balmy ..."

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