- Rhymes: -ɔːm
- ( RP ) IPA: /wɔːm/
- ( US ) IPA: /wɔrm/
- Rhymes: -ɔː( r )m
- 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 ) .
- Having a temperature slightly higher than usual, but still pleasant; a mild temperature .
- Being something that causes warmth, or the impression thereof .
- Caring or charming, of relations to another person .
- Having a color in the red-orange-yellow part of the visible electromagnetic spectrum .
- Close, often used in the context of a game in which "warm" and "cold" are used to indicate nearness to the goal .
- ( archaic ) Ardent, zealous.
- ( transitive ) To make or keep warm .
- ( intransitive ) to become warm, to heat up
- ( intransitive ) To increasingly favour .
- ( colloquial ) The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a heating .
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 .
From Old English werman
Explanation of warm by Wordnet Dictionary
of a seeker
- you're getting warm
- a warm debate
- warm support
- a warm temper
- a warm embrace
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- Warm, n. The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a warming; a heating. [Colloq.] Dickens.
Definition of warm by GCIDE Dictionary