adjective, barm·i·er, barm·i·est.

  1. containing or resembling barm; frothy.
  2. British Slang. balmy(def 4).

adjective -mier or -miest

  1. slang eccentric or foolishAlso: balmy

1530s, “frothing, covered with barm;” see barm + -y (2). Figurative sense of “excited, flighty, bubbling with excitement” is from c.1600. Meaning “foolish” (1892) is probably an alteration of balmy.

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