(1)   Of a seeker; near to the object sought
"You're getting warm"
"Hot on the trail"
(2)   Uncomfortable because of possible danger or trouble
"Made things warm for the bookies"
(3)   Characterized by liveliness or excitement or disagreement
"A warm debate"
(4)   Characterized by strong enthusiasm
"Ardent revolutionaries"
"Warm support"
(5)   Easily aroused or excited
"A quick temper"
"A warm temper"
(6)   Freshly made or left
"A warm trail"
"The scent is warm"
(7)   Having or displaying warmth or affection
"Affectionate children"
"Caring parents"
"A fond embrace"
"Fond of his nephew"
"A tender glance"
"A warm embrace"
(8)   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"
(9)   Psychologically warm; friendly and responsive
"A warm greeting"
"A warm personality"
"Warm support"
(10)   (color) inducing the impression of warmth; used especially of reds and oranges and yellows
"Warm reds and yellows and orange"


(11)   In a warm manner
"Warmly dressed"
"Warm-clad skiers"


(12)   Make warm or warmer
"The blanket will warm you"
(13)   Get warm or warmer
"The soup warmed slowly on the stove"

Etymology 1

From from , with different proposed etymologies
1. Ultimately from (warm, hot), related to Ancient Greek , Latin , Sanskrit .
2. Ultimately from (to burn), related to Hittite (warnuzi) .

The dispute is due to differing opinions on how initial PIE *gʷʰ- evolved in Germanic, some think that *gʷʰ would have turned to *b, and that the root *gʷʰer- would instead have given rise to burn etc. There also has been etymologies proposing a merger of the two roots. Cognate with West Frisian , Dutch , German , Danish , Swedish , and Norwegian .


  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 or charming, 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. Having a color in the red-orange-yellow part of the visible electromagnetic spectrum.
  5. Close, often used in the context of a game in which "warm" and "cold" are used to indicate nearness to the goal.
  6. 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.


Related terms


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