Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to palm trees.
  • adj. Covered with palm trees.
  • adj. Prosperous; flourishing: palmy times for stockbrokers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bearing palms; abounding in palms; derived from palms.
  • adj. Worthy of the palm; flourishing; prosperous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bearing or abounding in palms.
  • Of or derived from the palm.
  • Worthy of the palm; flourishing; prosperous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very lively and profitable

Etymologies

From palm +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then there swung a school of what we call the palmy days of old comedy, and in the '40's it dwindled to nothing, and England and America waited until the early

    Shenandoah Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911

  • It had evidently been the ballroom or reception-room of the defunct Marchesa in palmy days.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • It is no exaggeration to say that some of the actions of the packets and their dauntless crews recall the palmy days of Elizabethan naval prowess and exploits such as that of the immortal _Revenge_.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • The Riptonian handed him off in a manner that recalled the palmy days of the old Prize Ring -- handing off was always slightly vigorous in the Ripton _v.

    The Gold Bat

  • But, for the rest of it -- Reed, I knew you in what you are pleased to call your palmy days.

    The Brentons

  • As a display of military enthusiasm, the _Champ de Mai_, of June 1st, recalled the palmy days gone by.

    The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 2 of 2)

  • These were the planters of the neighbouring country, many of whom came nightly to visit the theatre, and this from very considerable distances; forming such an audience as cannot be seen elsewhere in this hackney-coach age; indeed, to look on so many fine horses, with their antique caparisons, piquetted about the theatre, recalled the palmy days of the Globe and Bear-garden.

    Impressions of America During The Years 1833, 1834, and 1835. In Two Volumes, Volume II.

  • The remainder of the crew of 125 were quartered in the main surgery, a larger room, where there had been four operating tables and a cast room in our "palmy" days.

    Sasaki

  • I got many a cuff on the side of the head, and many a "palmy" on my hands with a thick strap of hard leather, which did not give me very inviting views as to the pleasures of learning.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • Archdeacon Nares 'judgment that "palmy" here means "grown to full height, in allusion to the palms of the stag's horns, when they have attained to their utmost growth."

    The plant-lore & garden-craft of Shakespeare

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