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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Having or appearing to have the close relationship of chums.

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  • adj. Very friendly, especially in an excessive or artificial way.

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  • adj. (used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals

Etymologies

Reduplication of palsy : pl. of pal + -y1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • He hoped that now, at last, they would get to be palsy-walsy, perhaps even do some chicken chasing together.

    - William Steig, The Toy Brother

    September 14, 2008