Definition of Barmy

1. Adjective. Marked by spirited enjoyment.

Exact synonyms: Yeasty, Zestful, Zesty
Similar to: Spirited
Derivative terms: Zestfulness, Zest

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

Definition of Barmy

1. a. Full of barm or froth; in a ferment.

Definition of Barmy

1. Adjective. (rare) containing barm, i.e. froth from fermented yeast ¹

2. Adjective. (chiefly British) dotty, goofy, wacko. ¹

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Definition of Barmy

1. full of barm; frothy [adj BARMIER, BARMIEST]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Barmy

barmy (current term)
barn burner
barn burners
barn dance
barn door
barn doors
barn find
barn finds
barn millet
barn owl
barn owls
barn spider

Literary usage of Barmy

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1. A Plaine Description of the Barmudas, Now Called Sommer Ilands: VVith the by Silvester Jourdain, William Crashaw, Richard Moore (1613)
"... A DISCOVERY "V OF THE barmy- DAS, NOW CALLED THE SOMMER Hands. *»*. }JJ» Being in ship called the sea-venture, with — — ~ ~ (whose valour and fortitude ..."

2. 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 ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"A barmy quean," a passionate woman ; S. barmy-BRAINED, adj. The same with barmy, sense 1. " A wheen cork-headed barmy-brained ..."

4. Malice in Kulturland by Horace Matthew Wyatt, W. Tell, E.P. Dutton (Firm) (1917)
""It's very provoking," Army-barmy said, after a long silence, "to be mistaken ... "Don't stand there muttering to yourself," said Army-barmy, staring at her ..."

5. Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language: In which the Words are by John Jamieson, John Johnstone (1867)
"1. Volatile ; giddy. Montgomery. 2. Passionate ; choleric. "A barmy quean," a passionate woman, 8. ... barmy-BRAINED, adj. Volatile; giddy. ..."

6. Specimens of the Elizabethan Drama from Lyly to Shirley, A.D. 1580-A.D. 1642 by William Henry Williams (1905)
"37. gouty: swollen, and so ill-shaped, clumsy. harmed: frothy, fermenting, and so flighty. Cf. Marston's phrase,' barmy-froths' for 'addle-pates,' and ..."

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