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barmy adj
1 marked by spirited enjoyment [syn: zestful, yeasty, zesty]
2 informal or slang terms for mentally irregular; "it used to drive my husband balmy" [syn: balmy, bats, batty, bonkers, buggy, cracked, crackers, daft, dotty, fruity, haywire, kooky, kookie, loco, loony, loopy, nuts, nutty, round the bend, around the bend, wacky, whacky] [also: barmiest, barmier]

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en-adj-er-y barm
  1. In the context of "rare": containing barm, i.e. froth from fermented yeast
  2. In the context of "mainly|Commonwealth English": dotty, goofy, wacko.
    2004: The movie is sweet enough in its barmy way... -- Roger Ebert

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

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