From palm + -y.
palmy (comparative palmier, superlative palmiest)
- (obsolete) Made out of palm leaves or palm sap. [15th-19th c.]
- Of, related to, or abounding in palm trees. [from 16th c.]
- 1819, Reginald Heber, The Missionary Hymn:
- From Greenland’s icy mountains,
- From India’s coral strand,
- Where Afric’s sunny fountains
- Roll down their golden sand;
- From many an ancient river,
- From many a palmy plain,
- They call us to deliver
- Their land from error’s chain.
- Prosperous, flourishing, booming or thriving. [from 17th c.]
- 1832, The London Spy (volume 2, page 292):
- Elliston was, in his day, the Napoleon of Drury Lane; but, like the conqueror at Austerlitz, he suffered his declensions, and the Surrey became to him a Saint Helena. However, once an eagle always an eagle; and Robert William was no less aquiline in the day of adversity than in his palmy time of patent prosperity.
- 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Vintage 2007, p. 46:
- ‘It must have been just like the palmy days of the British Drama.’
- 1967, William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Vintage 2004, p. 48:
- So, all things being equal, from the beginning of my stay with Travis, I was in as palmy and benign a state as I could remember in many years.