Definition of barmy in English:



  • 1Mad; crazy:

    ‘I thought I was going barmy at first’
    • ‘There are people who'd think you were barmy.’
    • ‘I am struggling to remember a more barmy example of passing the buck.’
    • ‘It was quiet, no barmy celebrations, with stunned supporters still coming to terms with what they had seen.’
    • ‘A colleague called it "bureaucracy gone barmy."’
    • ‘A new report reveals we are forking out fortunes to bankroll bureaucrats with barmy "non-job" titles.’
    • ‘In the beginning, even Scotland's leading folk musicians thought Celtic Connections was a barmy idea.’
    • ‘The clock would drive most of us barmy.’
    • ‘But the president-for-life is as sinister as he is barmy.’
    • ‘What's more, the speed limits in this country are barmy.’
    • ‘My wife thinks I am a bit barmy.’
    • ‘A welcoming friend, he would always look at a manuscript or sit up for hours to listen politely to a barmy argument.’
    • ‘The result was an utterly mad, mostly utterly barmy, rush of a half hour.’
    • ‘He is often regarded in the West as a bumbling eccentric, renowned for issuing barmy decrees.’
    • ‘Asking the locals something apparently obvious with a Scottish accent just makes them think I'm barmy.’
    • ‘There is the absolutely barmy Professor Cuthbert Calculus, who designs the rocket to the moon.’
    • ‘Hardly a week goes by without another barmy example of political correctness being imposed by our town halls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We must be barmy to let this happen.’
    • ‘Everywhere we turn there is fresh evidence that the country has gone completely barmy on the price front.’
    • ‘I whittled away in my bedroom - I used to drive the cleaners barmy, with shavings around the room.’
    1. 1.1 Extremely foolish:
      ‘this is a barmy decision’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Actually, we thought he was a lunatic - quite literally: he went barmy when the moon was full.’
      • ‘They'd think Daddy quite barmy, and they'd be right.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘This year, we had the additional joys of a barmy dog that hates fireworks - and goes slightly mental when they go off.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those are the blokes so barmy, so psycho, they got turned down by their own national armies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the over-protective hothouse mentality is barmy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On his own return to the Tory frontbench, Mr Hague said: ‘I must be mad, actually, I am obviously barmy.’’
      • ‘Doolittle in My Fair Lady, is back on more familiar ground in this barmy story, littered with Wilde's razor-sharp one-liners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps you should have little fiddly problems with a new property, but it should not be as barmy as this.’
      • ‘In addition, the unceasing soundtrack of light, R & B-influenced pop and mild-mannered rock is sending me slightly barmy.’
      stupid, silly, idiotic, half-witted, witless, brainless, mindless, thoughtless, imprudent, incautious, irresponsible, injudicious, indiscreet, unwise, unintelligent, unreasonable
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘frothy’): from barm + -y.