Definition of barmy in English:

barmy

adjectivebarmier, barmiest

British
informal
  • 1Mad; crazy.

    ‘I thought I was going barmy at first’
    • ‘Asking the locals something apparently obvious with a Scottish accent just makes them think I'm barmy.’
    • ‘Anyone barmy enough to join Morris in jumping out of a plane can get in touch with him about next year's trip to France.’
    • ‘Everywhere we turn there is fresh evidence that the country has gone completely barmy on the price front.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clock would drive most of us barmy.’
    • ‘There is the absolutely barmy Professor Cuthbert Calculus, who designs the rocket to the moon.’
    • ‘In addition, the unceasing soundtrack of light, R & B-influenced pop and mild-mannered rock is sending me slightly barmy.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘On his own return to the Tory frontbench, Mr Hague said: ‘I must be mad, actually, I am obviously barmy.’’
    • ‘Those are the blokes so barmy, so psycho, they got turned down by their own national armies.’
    • ‘A new report reveals we are forking out fortunes to bankroll bureaucrats with barmy "non-job" titles.’
    • ‘This year, we had the additional joys of a barmy dog that hates fireworks - and goes slightly mental when they go off.’
    • ‘The result was an utterly mad, mostly utterly barmy, rush of a half hour.’
    • ‘A colleague called it "bureaucracy gone barmy."’
    • ‘Perhaps you should have little fiddly problems with a new property, but it should not be as barmy as this.’
    • ‘Do we really pay people to come to such barmy decisions?’
    • ‘Actually, we thought he was a lunatic - quite literally: he went barmy when the moon was full.’
    • ‘But the president-for-life is as sinister as he is 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.’
    • ‘Through all our letter boxes this week dropped yet another barmy proposal dreamt up by DEFRA in response to the 1991 Nitrates Directive.’
    • ‘This means their actions are likely to get more desperate, their logic more twisted, their conspiracy theories more barmy and their rhetoric more rabid.’
    • ‘It was quiet, no barmy celebrations, with stunned supporters still coming to terms with what they had seen.’
    • ‘Hardly a week goes by without another barmy example of political correctness being imposed by our town halls.’
    • ‘They'd think Daddy quite barmy, and they'd be right.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What's more, the speed limits in this country are barmy.’
    • ‘In the beginning, even Scotland's leading folk musicians thought Celtic Connections was a barmy idea.’
    • ‘We must be barmy to let this happen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Doolittle in My Fair Lady, is back on more familiar ground in this barmy story, littered with Wilde's razor-sharp one-liners.’
    • ‘A welcoming friend, he would always look at a manuscript or sit up for hours to listen politely to a barmy argument.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I whittled away in my bedroom - I used to drive the cleaners barmy, with shavings around the room.’
    • ‘My wife thinks I am a bit barmy.’
    • ‘As he was led away to the cells, Palmer swore and shouted: ‘What a waste of taxpayers' money - it's barmy.’’
    • ‘He is often regarded in the West as a bumbling eccentric, renowned for issuing barmy decrees.’
    • ‘This fabulously barmy show is littered with Wilde's inimitable razor-sharp hysterical one-liners and a delicious vein of black humour.’
    • ‘But the over-protective hothouse mentality is barmy.’
    • ‘There are people who'd think you were barmy.’
    • ‘I am struggling to remember a more barmy example of passing the buck.’
    1. 1.1 Extremely foolish.
      ‘this is a barmy decision’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘But the over-protective hothouse mentality is barmy.’
      • ‘Actually, we thought he was a lunatic - quite literally: he went barmy when the moon was full.’
      • ‘As he was led away to the cells, Palmer swore and shouted: ‘What a waste of taxpayers' money - it's barmy.’’
      • ‘Do we really pay people to come to such barmy decisions?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Through all our letter boxes this week dropped yet another barmy proposal dreamt up by DEFRA in response to the 1991 Nitrates Directive.’
      • ‘This means their actions are likely to get more desperate, their logic more twisted, their conspiracy theories more barmy and their rhetoric more rabid.’
      • ‘This year, we had the additional joys of a barmy dog that hates fireworks - and goes slightly mental when they go off.’
      • ‘In addition, the unceasing soundtrack of light, R & B-influenced pop and mild-mannered rock is sending me slightly 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Doolittle in My Fair Lady, is back on more familiar ground in this barmy story, littered with Wilde's razor-sharp one-liners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They'd think Daddy quite barmy, and they'd be right.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This fabulously barmy show is littered with Wilde's inimitable razor-sharp hysterical one-liners and a delicious vein of black humour.’
      • ‘Those are the blokes so barmy, so psycho, they got turned down by their own national armies.’
      • ‘On his own return to the Tory frontbench, Mr Hague said: ‘I must be mad, actually, I am obviously barmy.’’
      stupid, silly, idiotic, half-witted, witless, brainless, mindless, thoughtless, imprudent, incautious, irresponsible, injudicious, indiscreet, unwise, unintelligent, unreasonable
      foolish, 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

/ˈbɑːmi/