adjective, palm·i·er, palm·i·est.

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

Synonyms for palmy

1. bounteous, booming, halcyon, rosy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective palmier or palmiest

prosperous, flourishing, or luxuriousa palmy life
covered with, relating to, or resembling palmsa 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.

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