Origin of peachy-keen
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What does peachy-keen mean?
Peachy-keen is a very informal and playful way of saying excellent or wonderful.
The word peachy can be used to mean the same thing.
The word keen can mean enthusiastic, but it can also be used as a slang term meaning wonderful or splendid, and this is probably what it’s intended to mean in peachy-keen (making it doubly positive, kind of like the phrase fine and dandy).
As far as slang goes, peachy-keen sounds a bit dated. For this reason, it’s often used to be a bit cutesy or silly. Perhaps because it sounds overly optimistic or cheerful, it’s also often used in a sarcastic way, as in Yeah, my meeting ran late and I got a flat tire, but sure, my day was just peachy-keen.
The term is sometimes seen without a hyphen (peachy keen).
Example: You may be peachy-keen, jelly bean, but I’m nectarine-keen—I’m smooth and I’m sweet and I’ve got all the buzz without the fuzz.
Where does peachy-keen come from?
Peachy-keen was first and is primarily used in the U.S. The first records of it come from the 1950s. The slang sense of peachy is recorded earlier, around 1900. The word peach has been used as a slang term referring to an especially likeable or attractive person since at least the 1700s. The word keen has been used as a slang term meaning “wonderful” since the 1910s.
Like other slang terms of the 1950s and ’60s, peachy-keen is now most often used in an ironic way, though you may still encounter an endlessly cheery person who’s keen to use it earnestly. The word peachy is perhaps more commonly used, but it too is prone to being used in a sarcastic way.
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Peachy-keen is often used in a cutesy or sarcastic way.
fans who expect things to be peachy keen and rainbows all the time (esp for their fave characters) don't understand how plot works at all
— FANDOM THINGS (@fictionaIs) June 9, 2017
with only one week of exposure left, i've been using "peachy keen in 2013" as a response to every "how are you" that i have received today
— John "Weß Bütt" V. Variety 🦌 (@johnvvariety) December 25, 2013
Peachy keen about this sunrise over Narragansett! pic.twitter.com/uQWrm0OFP6
— Christina Erne (@ChristinaErne) July 21, 2020
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How to use peachy-keen in a sentence
Would a state with a keen understanding of the power of propaganda be so willing to just throw away such a trove of information?
Manttan is keen to carry out research on that Burmese side of the railway as his father worked on that section.
It offers keen insights into Hitch's craft while painting an intimate and unsentimental picture of the man behind the camera.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And because millions of us are so keen to do just that, our behavioral habits are changing.
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The student who does not intend to arouse himself need hope for no keen sense of beauty.
One other illustration of this keen childish dialectic when face to face with the accuser deserves to be touched on.Children's Ways|James Sully
Impersonation may be more easily achieved intellectually, requiring only keen observation and the power of imitation.
The keen resentment had faded from his face, but an immense reproach was there—a heavy, helpless, appealing reproach.Confidence|Henry James
Garnache bowed to the lady, who returned his greeting by an inclination of the head, and his keen eyes played briskly over her.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini