Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


adjective \ˌpal-zē-ˈwal-zē\

Simple Definition of palsy–walsy

  • : friendly in a way that is not proper or sincere

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of palsy–walsy


  1. :  being or appearing to be very intimate

Origin and Etymology of palsy–walsy

reduplication of palsy

First Known Use: 1943

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up palsy–walsy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).