- friendly or appearing to be friendly in a very intimate or hearty way: The police kept their eye on him because he was trying to get palsy-walsy with the security guard.
Origin of palsy-walsy
First recorded in 1930–35; rhyming compound based on palsy2
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- informal excessively friendly
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