American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing or resembling barm or yeast; frothy.
- Hence Barmy-brained; empty-headed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Full of barm or froth; in a ferment.
- adj. informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
- adj. marked by spirited enjoyment
- From Old English beorma ("yeast") (Wiktionary)
- Sense 2, alteration of balmy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It's also fun to find out, via these collected letters, the types of books and movies Farrell was consuming while writing and editing Troubles: Cold Comfort Farm, Thomas Hardy ( "barmy"), The Garden of Finzi-Continis, Easy Rider.”
“Rules and regulations are never anything other than "barmy" and planning strategies are invariably "Soviet-style".”
“In London, the Foreign Office says the idea of Britain in NAFTA is "barmy," as it would have to pull out of the EU entirely.”
“In a further twist to this story, Baker must know that there is absolutely nothing he, as an MP, can do about changing what he condemns as a "barmy" directive.”
“BIRMINGHAM MEP Mike Nattrass is determined to prove there are no flies on him by rallying against a "barmy" EU directive outlawing pepper from insect traps.”
“Shadow Home Secretary David Davis called the idea "barmy".”
“Mrs Hill described her sacking as "barmy" and said she would be opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate her victory.”
“The report colorfully describes Choudary as "barmy," but as is so often the case, the idea of Muslims 'conquering Rome as a prelude to the end of days comes from Muhammad himself.”
“Boris Johnson today slammed "barmy" health and safety rules after a”
“Traditionalists have branded the ban 'barmy', saying that red ink makes it easier for children to spot errors and improve.”
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