- warm [wôrm]adj.[ME < OE wearm, akin to Ger warm < IE base * gwher-, hot > Gr thermē, heat, thermos, warm, theros, summer, L formus, warm, fornax, furnace]1.a) having or giving off a moderate degree of heat [a warm iron, warm coffee]b) giving off pleasurable heat [a warm fire]c) uncomfortably warm; hot [a warm night]2. having the natural heat of living beings: said of the body, blood, etc.3.a) heated or overheated, as with exercise or hard workb) such as to make one heated or overheated [warm exercise, work, etc.]4. effective in keeping body heat in [warm clothing]5. characterized by lively disagreement: said of argument or controversy6. fervent; ardent; enthusiastic [warm encouragement]7. lively, vigorous, brisk, or animated8. quick to anger; irascible; heated9.a) genial; cordial [a warm welcome]b) sincere; grateful [warm thanks]c) sympathetic, affectionate, or lovingd) passionate; amorous10. suggesting warmth; having yellow, orange, or red hue: said of colors11. newly made; fresh; strong: said of a scent or trail12. Informal close to discovering something; on the verge of guessing or finding, as in games13. Informal disagreeable; uncomfortable [to make things warm for someone]adv.so as to be warm; warmlyvt.[ME warmen < OE wearmian]1. to make warm; raise the temperature of to a moderate extent2. to make excited, animated, ardent, enthusiastic, lively, etc.3. to fill with pleasant or kindly emotions [a sight to warm the heart]vi.1. to become warm2. to become friendly, kindly, affectionate, or sympathetic (to or toward)3. to become excited, ardent, enthusiastic, lively, etc.: often with to4. to feel a glow of pleasure; baskn.Informal a warming or being warmedSYN.- TENDER1——————warm up1.a) to heat or be heated; make or become warmb) to make or become sufficiently warm to operate effectively or efficiently [to warm up an engine]2. to reheat (cooked food, etc.): also warm over3. to make or become more animated, excited, ardent, lively, etc.4. to practice or exercise a while before going into a game, contest, performance, etc.warmern.warmlyadv.warmnessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.