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balmy

Syllabification: balm·y
Pronunciation: /ˈbä(l)mē
 
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Definition of balmy in English:

adjective (balmier, balmiest)

1(Of the weather) pleasantly warm: the balmy days of late summer
More example sentences
  • The weather was balmy with a pleasant temperature.
  • Nevertheless, it was a delightful town, and on this particular day the weather was warm and balmy.
  • Everything was tossed into further bloom and the weather was warm and balmy every day.
Synonyms
mild, gentle, temperate, summery, calm, tranquil, clement, fine, pleasant, benign, soothing, soft
2North American or dated Extremely foolish; eccentric: this is a balmy decision
More example sentences
  • Both have palmy trees and sunny places in the south; both have balmy people and shady characters in the north.
2.1Mad; crazy: I think he’s gone balmy again

Derivatives

balminess

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Its wealth was not built on Sunbelt balminess, agricultural bounty or manufacturing muscle.
  • Over the years, one comes to measure a place, too, not just for the beauty it may give, the balminess of its breezes, the insouciance and relaxation it encourages, the sublime pleasures it offers, but for what it teaches.
  • Entrées, though less spirited, offer the balminess that suffuses a seaside vacation.

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