Barmy vs Barms - What's the difference?

barmy | barms |

As an adjective barmy

is (rare) containing barm, ie froth from fermented yeast or barmy can be (chiefly|british) odd, strange.

As a noun barms is




Etymology 1

From (etyl)


  • (rare) containing barm, i.e. froth from fermented yeast
  • * Dryden
  • Barmy beer.

    Etymology 2

    Probably an alteration of


  • (chiefly, British) odd, strange.
  • * 2013 , Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems''' (in ''The Guardian , 13 September 2013)[]
  • I thanked John, said the "oracle award" sounds like a made-up prize you'd give a fat kid on sports day – I should know, I used to get them – then that it's barmy that Hugo Boss can trade under the same name they flogged uniforms to the Nazis under and the ludicrous necessity for an event such as this one to banish such a lurid piece of information from our collective consciousness.
    * dotty, goofy, wacko
    Derived terms
    * barmily * barminess

    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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