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barmy

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To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism—this is the art of living.
Jean De La Fontaine
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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English beorma (yeast)

Adjective

barmy (comparative barmi, superlative er)

Positive
barmy

Comparative
barmi

Superlative
er

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) containing barm, i.e. froth from fermented yeast

Etymology 2

Probably an alteration of balmy

Adjective

barmy (comparative barmi, superlative er)

Positive
barmy

Comparative
barmi

Superlative
er

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) dotty, goofy, wacko.
    2004: The movie is sweet enough in its barmy way... -- Roger Ebert
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Usage notes

  • in US English, balmy is usual for sense (2); elsewhere this is occasionally found but some authorities consider it erroneous, despite its probable etymology.

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