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Meaning of warm by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɔːm
    • ( RP ) IPA: /wɔːm/
    • ( US ) IPA: /wɔrm/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )m

    Etymology 1

    From Old English wearm, from Proto-Germanic *warmaz, with different proposed etymologies

    1. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰer- ( warm, hot ), related to Ancient Greek θερμός ( thermos ), Latin formus, Sanskrit घर्म ( gharma ) .
    2. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wer- ( to burn ), related to Hittite ( warnuzi ) and to Old Church Slavonic варити ( variti ) .

    The dispute is due to differing opinions on how initial Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰ- evolved in Germanic: some think that *gʷʰ would have turned to *b, and that the root *gʷʰer- would instead have given rise to burn etc. There also has been etymologies proposing a merger of the two roots. Cognate with West Frisian waarm, Dutch/German warm, Danish/Norwegian/Swedish varm and Icelandic varmur .


    warm ( comparative warmer, superlative warmest )

    1. Having a temperature slightly higher than usual, but still pleasant; a mild temperature .
      The tea is still warm .
    2. Being something that causes warmth, or the impression thereof .
      This is a very warm room .
    3. Caring or charming, of relations to another person .
      We have a warm friendship .
    4. Having a color in the red-orange-yellow part of the visible electromagnetic spectrum .
    5. Close, often used in the context of a game in which "warm" and "cold" are used to indicate nearness to the goal .
    6. ( archaic ) Ardent, zealous.
    • See also Wikisaurus:warm
    • See also Wikisaurus:affectionate
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    Etymology 2

    From Old English werman


    warm ( plural: warms )

    1. ( colloquial ) The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a heating .
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      Shall I give your coffee a warm in the microwave?

Explanation of warm by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make warm or warmer

    2. The blanket will warm you
    3. get warm or warmer

    4. The soup warmed slowly on the stove
    1. in a warm manner

    2. warmly dressed
      warm-clad skiers
    1. of a seeker

    2. you're getting warm
    3. uncomfortable because of possible danger or trouble

    4. made things warm for the bookies
    5. characterized by liveliness or excitement or disagreement

    6. a warm debate
    7. characterized by strong enthusiasm

    8. warm support
    9. easily aroused or excited

    10. a warm temper
    11. freshly made or left

    12. a warm trail
      the scent is warm
    13. having or displaying warmth or affection

    14. a warm embrace
    15. having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat

    16. a warm body
      a warm room
      a warm climate
      a warm coat
    17. psychologically warm

    18. a warm greeting
      a warm personality
      warm support
    19. inducing the impression of warmth

    20. warm reds and yellows and orange

    Definition of warm by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Warm a. [Compar. Warmer; superl. Warmest.] [AS. wearm; akin to OS., OFries., D., & G. warm, Icel. varmr, Sw. & Dan. varm, Goth. warmjan to warm; probably akin to Lith. virti to cook, boil; or perhaps to Skr. gharma heat, OL. formus warm. , ]

      1. Having heat in a moderate degree; not cold as, warm milk. “Whose blood is warm within.” Shak.

      Warm and still is the summer night. Longfellow.

      2. Having a sensation of heat, esp. of gentle heat; glowing.

      3. Subject to heat; having prevalence of heat, or little or no cold weather; as, “the warm climate of Egypt”.

      4. Fig.: Not cool, indifferent, lukewarm, or the like, in spirit or temper; zealous; ardent; fervent; excited; sprightly; irritable; excitable.

      Mirth, and youth, and warm desire! Milton.

      Each warm wish springs mutual from the heart. Pope.

      They say he's warm man and does not care to be mad mouths at. Addison.

      I had been none of the warmest of partisans. Hawthor

      5. Violent; vehement; furious; excited; passionate; as, “a warm contest; a warm debate”.

      Welcome, daylight; we shall have warm work on't. Dryden.

      6. Being well off as to property, or in good circumstances; forehanded; rich. [Colloq.]

      Warm householders, every one of them. W. Irving.

      You shall have a draft upon him, payable at sight: and let me tell you he as warm a man as any within five miles round him. Goldsmith.

      7. In children's games, being near the object sought for; hence, being close to the discovery of some person, thing, or fact concealed. [Colloq.]

      Here, indeed, young Mr. Dowse was getting “warm,” children say at blindman's buff. Black.

      8. ( Paint. ) Having yellow or red for a basis, or in their composition; -- said of colors, and opposed to cold which is of blue and its compounds.

      Syn. -- Ardent; zealous; fervent; glowing; enthusiastic; cordial; keen; violent; furious; hot.

    2. Warm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Warmed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Warming.] [AS. wearmian. See Warm, a.]

      1. To communicate a moderate degree of heat to; to render warm; to supply or furnish heat to; as, “a stove warms an apartment”.

      Then shall it [an ash tree] be for a man to burn; for he will take thereof and warm himself. Isa. xliv 15

      Enough to warm, but not enough to burn. Longfellow.

      2. To make engaged or earnest; to interest; to engage; to excite ardor or zeal; to enliven.

      I formerly warmed my head with reading controversial writings. Pope.

      Bright hopes, that erst bosom warmed. Keble.

    3. Warm v. i. [AS. wearmian.]

      1. To become warm, or moderately heated; as, “the earth soon warms in a clear day summer”.

      There shall not be a coal to warm at. Isa. xlvii. 14.

      2. To become ardent or animated; as, “the speake warms as he proceeds”.

    4. Warm, n. The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a warming; a heating. [Colloq.] Dickens.