Middle English Dictionary Entry

warm adj.
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(a) Of the sun, a fire: radiating a considerable degree of heat; (b) of weather, wind: characterized by pleasantly warm temperatures, mild, balmy; ?also, hot, scorching [last quot.]; (c) of a day, season: characterized by warm weather; of a time of day: characterized by warm temperatures; also, as noun: temperate regions [1st quot.].
(a) Of clothing, a garment, etc.: made so as to retain bodily warmth effectively, of heat-retaining material; (b) of a house or dwelling: heated to a comfortable temperature; also, ?constructed so as to retain warmth and keep out the chill, snug; (c) med. of a medicament: ?warm in quality; ?productive of warmth or a sensation of warmth in the body.
(a) Heated by artificial means so as to seem warm to the touch or taste, warmed; also, heated so as to feel hot; (b) in cpds. and combs.: ~ hot, heated to a fairly high temperature, moderately hot; even ~, ?moderately warm; leue ~, tepid, lukewarm; leuk ~ [see leuk-warm adj. (a)]; milk ~, warm as milk from the cow [see also milk n. 1b.(c)].
(a) Of a person, a part of the body: free of chill, enjoying a comfortable sensation of warmth; ~ abouten the maue, fig. well fed, replete; (b) of a living person, part of the living body, an image in the form of a human being: warm to the touch, imbued with the warmth of life; also, amorously warm, warm with passion; physiol. of blood, a bodily organ, etc.: imbued with a certain metabolic heat; (c) of expelled breath, shed blood, tears: warm from the living creature; of a corpse, a freshly severed head: retaining bodily heat, still warm; (d) of an object: having a warmth communicated by contact with a living body or with freshly shed blood.
Fig. (a) Of a person, someone’s heart: excited to love, ardent; leuk ~ [see leuk-warm adj. (b)]; (b) of counsel: zealous; of youth: energetic, hot-blooded, eager; (c) sitten ~, to be secure, prosperous, or in comfortable circumstances.
As surname and in place names [see Smith PNElem. 2.248].