Pronunciation Noun

barm (plural barms)

  1. (obsolete, except in, dialects) Bosom, lap.


  1. Foam rising upon beer, or other malt liquors, when fermenting, and used as leaven in making bread and in brewing; yeast.
    • 1590?, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II. scene i. line 25:
      ...and sometimes make the drink to bear no barm.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 620:
      In 1577 yeast, called barm, is bought at 9d. the pail.
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 65:
      And he chaffed the women as he served them their ha'porths of barm.
  2. A small, flat, round individual loaf or roll of bread.

barm (barms, present participle barming; past and past participle barmed)

  1. To spurge; foam

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