Adjective "barmy" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈbɑːmi/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Mad; crazy.
  1. 'Actually, we thought he was a lunatic - quite literally: he went barmy when the moon was full.'
  2. 'This means their actions are likely to get more desperate, their logic more twisted, their conspiracy theories more barmy and their rhetoric more rabid.'
  3. 'Everywhere we turn there is fresh evidence that the country has gone completely barmy on the price front.'
  4. 'A welcoming friend, he would always look at a manuscript or sit up for hours to listen politely to a barmy argument.'
  5. 'This year, we had the additional joys of a barmy dog that hates fireworks - and goes slightly mental when they go off.'
  6. 'In addition, the unceasing soundtrack of light, R & B-influenced pop and mild-mannered rock is sending me slightly barmy.'
  7. 'It was quiet, no barmy celebrations, with stunned supporters still coming to terms with what they had seen.'
  8. 'As he was led away to the cells, Palmer swore and shouted: ‘What a waste of taxpayers' money - it's barmy.’'
  9. 'Asking the locals something apparently obvious with a Scottish accent just makes them think I'm barmy.'
  10. 'He is often regarded in the West as a bumbling eccentric, renowned for issuing barmy decrees.'
  11. 'There is the absolutely barmy Professor Cuthbert Calculus, who designs the rocket to the moon.'
  12. 'We must be barmy to let this happen.'
  13. 'The clock would drive most of us barmy.'
  14. 'This fabulously barmy show is littered with Wilde's inimitable razor-sharp hysterical one-liners and a delicious vein of black humour.'
  15. 'That someone who is getting assaulted by their partner is prepared to put up with that because if they leave, the pet will receive the same treatment is slightly barmy, but understandable.'
  16. 'Doolittle in My Fair Lady, is back on more familiar ground in this barmy story, littered with Wilde's razor-sharp one-liners.'
  17. 'Whatever else he may be, Leishman is certainly an extrovert, and the barmy bard would turn up on Saint and Greavsie delivering slices of his home-cooked poetry.'
  18. 'A colleague called it "bureaucracy gone barmy."'
  19. 'Perhaps you should have little fiddly problems with a new property, but it should not be as barmy as this.'
  20. 'On his own return to the Tory frontbench, Mr Hague said: ‘I must be mad, actually, I am obviously barmy.’'
  21. 'this is a barmy decision'
  22. 'As he was led away to the cells, Palmer swore and shouted: ‘What a waste of taxpayers' money - it's barmy.’'
  23. 'In addition, the unceasing soundtrack of light, R & B-influenced pop and mild-mannered rock is sending me slightly barmy.'
  24. 'They'd think Daddy quite barmy, and they'd be right.'
  25. 'Through all our letter boxes this week dropped yet another barmy proposal dreamt up by DEFRA in response to the 1991 Nitrates Directive.'
  26. 'If you were barmy enough to believe that the Commies really would infiltrate the corridors of power through brain-washing, then you were barmy enough to believe anything.'
  27. 'This fabulously barmy show is littered with Wilde's inimitable razor-sharp hysterical one-liners and a delicious vein of black humour.'
  28. 'This means their actions are likely to get more desperate, their logic more twisted, their conspiracy theories more barmy and their rhetoric more rabid.'
  29. 'But the over-protective hothouse mentality is barmy.'
  30. 'Those are the blokes so barmy, so psycho, they got turned down by their own national armies.'
  31. 'On his own return to the Tory frontbench, Mr Hague said: ‘I must be mad, actually, I am obviously barmy.’'

Definitions

1. containing or resembling barm; frothy.

2. British Slang. balmy (def 4).

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be barmy as bedbugs."

"people can be barmy about people."

"people can be barmy."

"armies can be barmy."

"years can be barmy."

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Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘frothy’): from barm + -y.