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Warm, adj. (n., adv.). Also: warme, varme, werme. Superl. wermest. [ME and e.m.E. warrm (Orm), warm (a1250), warme (Manning), OE wearm, MDu. warm, MLG war(e)m, ON varmr.]

A. adj.1. Of something said. a. Inspiring, uplifting, welcoming. b. Heated, angry. a. That word is so wonder warme, and euer ȝit was, It synkis sone in all part Of a trewe Scottis hart, Reiosand ws inwart To heire of Dowglas; Howlat 386 (A).
Greit mirth wes maid quhen tha kingis did meit, With wordis warme, and salussing rycht sweit; Stewart 7102.
b. ‘War thow out of the kingis presentis I sould tak thé on the mouth.' Mr. Patrick heirand thir warm wordis of his brother plat on his kneis befoir the king [etc.]; Pitsc. I 222/15.

c. Of the heart: Full, overwhelmed with emotion. Quhen I behald ȝour fedderis fair and gent … My hart is warme; Henr. Fab. 456 (Ch.).

2. Of clothing: Capable of keeping the body warm. Than suld men have gude warme clething and gude fyris; Hay II 131/29.
It is weill walkit, cairdit, and calkit, Als warme a weid as weir the deule; a1568 Sempill in Sat. P. xlviii 41.
Warme claythis ar bettir for me To keip fra cald; Maitland in Maitl. F. 329/22.

3. Of a thing: Made warm, heated; hot. I did my besie curis To hald his heid and gif him drinkis warme; Henr. Fab. 444.
A lawer they have gotten soon, Warm water into it was done; Sir Eger 294.
So deip the grundyn steill hed owt of sycht is, Ful hait and warm it festnyt in his lychtis; Doug. ix xi 80.

4. Of the weather, etc.: Warm. The wedder is warme and fair; Henr. Robene & M. 98.
[Rain falls] sum tyme in soft & varme schouris; Compl. 58/30.
Greit fuills … they ar, That seeks warme water vnder yce; Montg. Misc. P. x 12.
A warme, louring, closse day; 1659 A. Hay Diary 129.

5. Of the body, blood, etc.: Having the degree of heat necessary for survival, of normal temperature. b. specif.Of the temperature of a planet. Sum slevit knyvis in the bestis throtis And otheris … The warm new blude keppit in cowp and peys; Doug. vi iv 27.
A wylie-coit … Quhilk did me no harme, bot held my cost werme; a1568 Sempill in Sat. P. xlviii 95.
b. Quhen Saturne is warme and Venus wicht, And quhen all gilt is of this warld ago, Than sall my lady luve me; Bann. MS 266b/5.

6. Of accommodation: Cosy, warm. I hard say scho passit to hir den, Als warme as woll, suppose it wes nocht greit; Henr. Fab. 359.
superl. The beidmen … to occupy the samyn [supra sellis and chalmeris] nichtlie thameselffis … vtherwayis the maist wermest to be gevin to thame that remanis thairin nychtlie; 1581 Reg. Soltre 236.

b. transf.Of one's situation: Comfortable, settled. Warme and hait, Quhen thai thairout salbe with stouris stade; K. Hart 831.
He … His confessour … Confessit him of all his crymis clene … Syne suddantlie the cruell aufull dart Of dulefull deid, quhair that he la rycht warme Persit his hart; Stewart 29519.

B. noun.? Warmth or ? a further example of 4 or 5 above. A hait fyry power, warme and dew … Bene in thar sedis quhilk we saulis call; Doug. vi xii 16 (Sm.).

C. adv.Warmly, cosily. Quhen thow wes ȝoung, I … in thy bed oft happit thé full warme; Lynd. Dreme 10.
With my hude my hede I happit warme; Lynd. Dreme 134.

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"Warm adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Apr 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/warm_adj>



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