1. To communicate a moderate degree of heat to; to render warm; to supply or furnish heat to; as, a stove warms an apartment. Then shall it [an ash tree] be for a man to burn; for he will take thereof and warm himself. (isa. Xliv 15) Enough to warm, but not enough to burn. (Longfellow)
2. To make engaged or earnest; to interest; to engage; to excite ardor or zeal; to enliven. I formerly warmed my head with reading controversial writings. (pope) Bright hopes, that erst bosom warmed. (Keble)
Origin: AS. Wearmian. See Warm.
4. Not cool, indifferent, lukewarm, or the like, in spirit or temper; zealous; ardent; fervent; excited; sprightly; irritable; excitable. Mirth, and youth, and warm desire! (milton) Each warm wish springs mutual from the heart. (pope) They say he's warm man and does not care to be mad mouths at. (Addison) I had been none of the warmest of partisans. (Hawthor)
6. Being well off as to property, or in good circumstances; forehanded; rich. Warm householders, every one of them. (W. Irving) You shall have a draft upon him, payable at sight: and let me tell you he as warm a man as any within five miles round him. (goldsmith)
7. In children's games, being near the object sought for; hence, being close to the discovery of some person, thing, or fact concealed. Here, indeed, young Mr. Dowse was getting warm, children say at blindman's buff. (black)
Origin: AS. Wearm; akin to OS, OFries, D, & G. Warm, Icel. Varmr, Sw. & Dan. Varm, Goth. Warmjan to warm; probably akin to Lith. Virti to cook, boil; or perhaps to Skr. Gharma heat, OL. Formus warm.