from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having the quality or fragrance of balm; soothing.
  • adjective Mild and pleasant.
  • adjective Chiefly British Slang Eccentric in behavior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant.
  • Producing balm: as, “the balmy tree,”
  • Soft; soothing; assuaging; refreshing.
  • Of healing virtue; healing: as, balmy medicines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the qualities of balm; odoriferous; aromatic; assuaging; soothing; refreshing; mild.
  • adjective Producing balm.
  • adjective Informal Highly eccentric or crazy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Producing balm.
  • adjective Soothing or fragrant.
  • adjective Mild and pleasant.
  • adjective informal Foolish; slightly crazy or mad; eccentric.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective mild and pleasant
  • adjective informal or slang terms for mentally irregular


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From balm +‎ -y.


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