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[pah-mee] /ˈpɑ mi/
adjective, palmier, palmiest.
glorious, prosperous, or flourishing:
the palmy days of yesteryear.
abounding in or shaded with palms:
palmy islands.
Origin of palmy
First recorded in 1595-1605; palm2 + -y1
1. bounteous, booming, halcyon, rosy. Unabridged
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  • He should have lived in Athens, in the palmy days of Grecian oratory.

  • They were palmy, too; it must have hurt like thunder to be plucked out of them.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • In the palmy days of falconry it was not only when a hawk was actually ill that physic was given.

  • The palmy period in the history of Rome is the period when she had no literature.

  • In its palmy days people were only speculating upon the borders of an abyss which had not yet opened visibly before them.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • A large household must have been kept here in the palmy days of the Starkies.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
  • His thoughts were far away amid cities of the desert, and by the palmy banks of ancient rivers.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • We can easily imagine how great his revenue must have been in palmy days.

  • I thought of my fashionable companions, who had pampered me, and courted me, in my palmy days.

  • It was very different from the brilliant and palmy days of Solomon.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
British Dictionary definitions for palmy


adjective palmier, palmiest
prosperous, flourishing, or luxurious: a palmy life
covered with, relating to, or resembling palms: a palmy beach
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Word Origin and History for palmy

"triumphant," c.1600, from palm (n.2) in the "triumph" sense + -y (2). Literal meaning "full of palms" attested from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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