Origin of palmed
- the blade of an oar.
- the inner face of an anchor fluke.
- (loosely) an anchor fluke.
verb (used with object)
Origin of palm1
Related Words for palmedpurloin, filch, swipe, stow, stash, handle, lick, pat, rub, tap, reach, feel, stroke, caress, brush, kiss, strike, hit, try, perceive
Examples from the Web for palmed
Contemporary Examples of palmed
Handbags can be security blankets for the most powerful women–held close even when they could be palmed off on a chorus of aides.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
April 8, 2013
Historical Examples of palmed
How maddening if, seeing that I was an unprotected man, they palmed off Jaeger on me!Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
They have palmed the character upon him, they have burned him in the hand.
But in reality he had palmed it quite neatly, and a little later he pocketed it.Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
One of 'em's the rooster as palmed off that rotten saddle on you.Kiddie the Scout
Professor Dwight said: "This is what is palmed off on us for science!"The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
- the side of the blade of an oar that faces away from the direction of a boat's movement during a stroke
- the face of the fluke of an anchor
Word Origin for palm
Word Origin for palm
"flat of the hand," c.1300, from Old French palme (Modern French paume), from Latin palma "palm of the hand," also "flat end of an oar; palm tree," from PIE *pel- "to spread out; flat" (cf. Greek palame "open hand," Old Irish lam, Welsh llaw, Old English folm, Old High German folma "hand," Sanskrit panih "hand, hoof"). Palm oil is earlier in the punning sense of "bribe" (1620s) than in the literal sense of "oil from the fruit of the West African palm" (1705, from palm (n.2)).
tropical tree, Old English palma, Old French palme, both from Latin palma "palm tree," originally "palm of the hand;" the tree so called from the shape of its leaves, like fingers of a hand (see palm (n.1)).
The word traveled early to northern Europe, where the tree does not grow, via Christianity, and took root in the local languages (e.g. Old Saxon palma, Old High German palma, Old Norse palmr). Palm Sunday is Old English palm-sunnandæg.
In ancient times, a leaf or frond was carried or worn as a symbol of victory or triumph, or on feast days; hence figurative use of palm for "victory, triumph" (late 14c.). Palm court "large room in a hotel, etc., usually decorated with potted palms" first recorded 1908.
"impose (something) on (someone)," 1670s, from palm (n.1). Extended form palm off is from 1822.
In addition to the idiom beginning with palm
- palm off
- cross someone's palm
- grease someone's palm
- itchy palm