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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Definitions for palsy-walsy

  1. Slang. 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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Citations for palsy-walsy
For musical history I give you this duo-portrait of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby who became very palsy-walsy recently in Los Angeles. Harold Trudeau, "Pictures to the Editors," Life, February 21, 1944
Well, don't expect me to be palsy-walsy. I'll shoot the breeze, okay. But I'm not about to be your pal just because you're Bijou's cousin from Hollywood and radio land. Ron Hansen, "Playland," She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories, 2012
Origin of palsy-walsy
Palsy-walsy came to English in the 1930s. It’s a rhyming compound based on the slang term palsy, which was first recorded in the 1920s.