AskDefine | Define warm

Dictionary Definition

warm adj
1 having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat; "a warm body"; "a warm room"; "a warm climate"; "a warm coat" [ant: cool]
2 psychologically warm; friendly and responsive; "a warm greeting"; "a warm personality"; "warm support" [ant: cool]
3 (color) inducing the impression of warmth; used especially of reds and oranges and yellows; "warm reds and yellows and orange" [ant: cool]
4 having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "caring parents"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace" [syn: affectionate, caring, fond, lovesome, tender]
5 freshly made or left; "a warm trail"; "the scent is warm" [syn: strong]
6 easily aroused or excited; "a quick temper"; "a warm temper" [syn: quick]
7 characterized by strong enthusiasm; "ardent revolutionaries"; "warm support" [syn: ardent]
8 characterized by liveliness or excitement or disagreement; "a warm debate"
9 uncomfortable because of possible danger or trouble; "made things warm for the bookies"
10 of a seeker; near to the object sought; "you're getting warm"; "hot on the trail" [syn: hot] adv : in a warm manner; "warmly dressed"; "warm-clad skiers" [syn: warmly]


1 get warm or warmer; "The soup warmed slowly on the stove" [syn: warm up]
2 make warm or warmer; "The blanket will warm you"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (RP): /wɔːm/
  • (US): /wɔːrm/

Etymology 1

Old English wearm


en-adj er
  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, of relations to another person.
    We have a warm friendship.
    • 1985: Robert Ferro, Blue Star
      It seemed I was too excited for sleep, too warm, too young.
  4. In the context of "archaic": Ardent, zealous.
    • 1776: Edward Gibbon, The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 1
      To the strength and fierceness of barbarians they added a contempt for life, which was derived from a warm persuasion of the immortality and transmigration of the soul.
Derived terms
having a temperature slightly higher than usual
being something that causes warmth
caring, of relation to another person
ardent, zealous

Etymology 2

Old English werman


  1. To make or keep warm.
  2. To increasingly favour.
    He is warming to the idea.
    Her classmates are gradually warming to her.
to make or keep warm
to increasingly favour



Old High German warm



warm (: wärmer, : am wärmsten)
  1. warm, hot


Related terms

Old High German


Common Germanic *warmaz, whence also Old English wearm, Old Norse varmr


  1. warm

Extensive Definition

Warm is normally used as a subjective measure of temperature, commonly used to describe a comfortable temperature. It is strongly associated with hot, and its antonym is cool. For the AM radio station, see WARM-AM.
For example, warm water is often described as around 35 degrees Celsius, but a warm day may be around 25 degrees Celsius (depending strongly on geographical location and other conditions such as humidity and wind exposure). It of course can be defined more precisely by the comfort of individuals.
Warm as a verb is used to add heat to something, for example "warm the food", or "global warming".
warm in Simple English: Warm

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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