Definition of barmy in English:

barmy

Pronunciation /ˈbärmē/ /ˈbɑrmi/

adjectivebarmier, barmiest

  • 1British informal Mad; crazy.

    ‘I thought I was going barmy at first’
    • ‘Do we really pay people to come to such barmy decisions?’
    • ‘But the over-protective hothouse mentality is barmy.’
    • ‘Those are the blokes so barmy, so psycho, they got turned down by their own national armies.’
    • ‘This fabulously barmy show is littered with Wilde's inimitable razor-sharp hysterical one-liners and a delicious vein of black humour.’
    • ‘This year, we had the additional joys of a barmy dog that hates fireworks - and goes slightly mental when they go off.’
    • ‘Actually, we thought he was a lunatic - quite literally: he went barmy when the moon was full.’
    • ‘On his own return to the Tory frontbench, Mr Hague said: ‘I must be mad, actually, I am obviously barmy.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As he was led away to the cells, Palmer swore and shouted: ‘What a waste of taxpayers' money - it's barmy.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, the unceasing soundtrack of light, R & B-influenced pop and mild-mannered rock is sending me slightly barmy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He draws out great performances from his cast as well - Peter Kelly's barmy theatre owner and David Ireland as his bumbling nemesis being just two examples.’
    • ‘Perhaps you should have little fiddly problems with a new property, but it should not be as barmy as this.’
    • ‘Feeling hungry having not eaten since breakfast, we had a Chinese meal for tea and watched Second Hand Lions which is a fantastic film about a boy growing up with his two barmy uncles.’
    • ‘Through all our letter boxes this week dropped yet another barmy proposal dreamt up by DEFRA in response to the 1991 Nitrates Directive.’
    • ‘Their policies are laughable - what's happening with the lake in front of the City Hall, how much were the consultants' fees for that barmy idea?’
    • ‘They'd think Daddy quite barmy, and they'd be right.’
    • ‘This means their actions are likely to get more desperate, their logic more twisted, their conspiracy theories more barmy and their rhetoric more rabid.’
    • ‘Doolittle in My Fair Lady, is back on more familiar ground in this barmy story, littered with Wilde's razor-sharp one-liners.’
    1. 1.1Extremely foolish.
      ‘this is a barmy decision’
      • ‘Do we really pay people to come to such barmy decisions?’
      • ‘But the over-protective hothouse mentality is barmy.’
      • ‘Those are the blokes so barmy, so psycho, they got turned down by their own national armies.’
      • ‘This fabulously barmy show is littered with Wilde's inimitable razor-sharp hysterical one-liners and a delicious vein of black humour.’
      • ‘This year, we had the additional joys of a barmy dog that hates fireworks - and goes slightly mental when they go off.’
      • ‘Actually, we thought he was a lunatic - quite literally: he went barmy when the moon was full.’
      • ‘On his own return to the Tory frontbench, Mr Hague said: ‘I must be mad, actually, I am obviously barmy.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As he was led away to the cells, Palmer swore and shouted: ‘What a waste of taxpayers' money - it's barmy.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, the unceasing soundtrack of light, R & B-influenced pop and mild-mannered rock is sending me slightly barmy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He draws out great performances from his cast as well - Peter Kelly's barmy theatre owner and David Ireland as his bumbling nemesis being just two examples.’
      • ‘Perhaps you should have little fiddly problems with a new property, but it should not be as barmy as this.’
      • ‘Feeling hungry having not eaten since breakfast, we had a Chinese meal for tea and watched Second Hand Lions which is a fantastic film about a boy growing up with his two barmy uncles.’
      • ‘Through all our letter boxes this week dropped yet another barmy proposal dreamt up by DEFRA in response to the 1991 Nitrates Directive.’
      • ‘Their policies are laughable - what's happening with the lake in front of the City Hall, how much were the consultants' fees for that barmy idea?’
      • ‘They'd think Daddy quite barmy, and they'd be right.’
      • ‘This means their actions are likely to get more desperate, their logic more twisted, their conspiracy theories more barmy and their rhetoric more rabid.’
      • ‘Doolittle in My Fair Lady, is back on more familiar ground in this barmy story, littered with Wilde's razor-sharp one-liners.’
      stupid, silly, idiotic, half-witted, witless, brainless, mindless, thoughtless, imprudent, incautious, irresponsible, injudicious, indiscreet, unwise, unintelligent, unreasonable
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

barmy

/ˈbärmē/ /ˈbɑrmi/