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

  • n. Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.
  • n. A weakening or debilitating influence.
  • n. An enfeebled condition or debilitated state thought to result from such an influence.
  • n. A fit of strong emotion marked by the inability to act: "Flaherty dithered in a little palsy of indignation” ( Anthony Burgess).
  • transitive v. To paralyze.
  • transitive v. To deprive of strength.
  • transitive v. To make helpless, as with fear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Chummy, friendly.
  • n. Complete or partial muscle paralysis of a body part, often accompanied by a loss of feeling and uncontrolled body movements such as shaking.
  • v. To paralyse, either completely or partially.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Paralysis, complete or partial. See paralysis.
  • transitive v. To affect with palsy, or as with palsy; to deprive of action or energy; to paralyze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A weakening, suspension, or abolition of muscular power or sensation; paralysis. See paralysis.
  • Palsied.
  • To paralyze; affect with palsy or as with palsy; deprive of action or energy.
  • To suffer from palsy; be affected with palsy.

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

  • n. a condition marked by uncontrollable tremor
  • n. loss of the ability to move a body part
  • v. affect with palsy


Middle English palsie, alteration of Old French paralisie, alteration of Latin paralysis; see paralysis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman paralisie, parleisie et al., from the accusative form of Latin paralysis, from Ancient Greek παράλυσις (paralusis, "palsy"), from παραλύειν (paraluein, "to disable on one side"), from παρά (para, "beside") + λύειν (luein, "loosen"). (Wiktionary)
From pals +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)



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