(Lancashire, dialect) a round flat soft bread roll
noun (Irish) a loaf of bread with currants in it Also barnbrack Often shortened to brack Historical Examples Maria superintended the distribution of the barmbrack and saw that every woman got her four slices. Dubliners James Joyce
giving only the illusion of plenty; illusory: a Barmecidal banquet.
a member of a noble Persian family of Baghdad who, according to a tale in The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, gave a beggar a pretended feast with empty dishes. Barmecidal. Historical Examples And here they sat around the green table, forlorn as the guests at a Barmecide feast. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, […]
containing or resembling barm; frothy. British Slang. balmy (def 4). Historical Examples A man shall not be choak’t With the stench of garlic, nor be pasted To the barmy jacket of a beer-brewer. Shakespearean Playhouses Joseph Quincy Adams “If you ask me, I think the blighter is barmy,” asserted the Briton. The Unspeakable Perk Samuel […]