Definition of barmy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːmi/

adjective (barmier, barmiest)

British informal
1Mad; crazy: I thought I was going barmy at first
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  • Asking the locals something apparently obvious with a Scottish accent just makes them think I'm barmy.
  • A new report reveals we are forking out fortunes to bankroll bureaucrats with barmy "non-job" titles.
  • A welcoming friend, he would always look at a manuscript or sit up for hours to listen politely to a barmy argument.
1.1Extremely foolish: this is a barmy decision
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  • Do we really pay people to come to such barmy decisions?
  • But the over-protective hothouse mentality is barmy.
  • Those are the blokes so barmy, so psycho, they got turned down by their own national armies.



Example sentences
  • The CRS, in even more barmily chic outfits, were getting pelted with rocks.
  • These are Tory Trotskyites who are quite happy that things should get worse, because they barmily think they will then get better.
  • I'm a total sucker for inspired silliness and non-stop, groan-worthy double entendres and barmily burgeoning plots.


Example sentences
  • It is putting up 26 candidates and, apart from a moderately sensible policy querying the wisdom of allowing the current system of postal voting to continue, it's pure barminess all the way.
  • What comes across most powerfully in this sumptuous work is the wonder, variety and sheer barminess of mankind's perennially fruitless quest for a truly ideal home.
  • Sadly these are hard times, we must panic; otherwise David Blunkett's barminess will have been for naught!


Late 15th century (in the sense 'frothy'): from barm + -y1.

Words that rhyme with barmy

army, balmy, gourami, macramé, origami, palmy, pastrami, salami, smarmy, swami, tsunami, Yanomami

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