Definition of barm in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɑːm/


1 [mass noun] The froth on fermenting malt liquor.
Example sentences
  • Spring water, barm and malt of grain have created this classic whisky.
  • There are still some who believe that bread made with barm had an especially good flavour.
  • Poultices of wormwood boiled in grease, barm, or wine, may be applied with good success to white swellings.
1.1 archaic or dialect Yeast or leaven.
Example sentences
  • Elizabeth David, in a fine account of the history of yeast in English baking, remarks that: In Chaucer's England one of the names for yeast or barm was goddisgoode.
  • So the first barm-raised bread was developed.
  • It looks like barm or yeast, but, being unfit for use, is only beggarly barm at best.
2 short for barm cake.


Old English beorma, of West Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with barm

alarm, arm, Bairam, balm, becalm, calm, charm, embalm, farm, forearm, Guam, harm, imam, ma'am, malm, Montcalm, Notre-Dame, palm, psalm, qualm, salaam, smarm

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