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adjective Slang.
  1. 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.
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Origin of palsy-walsy

First recorded in 1930–35; rhyming compound based on palsy2
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Related Words for palsy-walsy

affectionate, chummy, close, fond, intimate, neighborly, thick, buddy-buddy, clubby, confiding, lovey-dovey, pally

British Dictionary definitions for palsy-walsy


  1. informal excessively friendly
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