palsy-walsy

adjective
\ ˌpal-zē-ˈwal-zē How to pronounce palsy-walsy (audio) \

Definition of palsy-walsy

slang
: being or appearing to be very intimate

First Known Use of palsy-walsy

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palsy-walsy

reduplication of palsy

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The first known use of palsy-walsy was in 1933

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“Palsy-walsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palsy-walsy. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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palsy-walsy

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English Language Learners Definition of palsy-walsy

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

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