dropsy

noun
drop·​sy | \ ˈdräp-sē How to pronounce dropsy (audio) \

Definition of dropsy

: edema

Examples of dropsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This offer is valid only for townsfolk with proof of dropsy, mumps, polio, lumbago, colitis, bursitis, bites of the wolf most vile, and other afflictions covered under the purview of Clifton’s marvellous medical menagerie. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, 19 May 2020 Jackson, who survived diseases like smallpox, malaria, dysentery, rheumatism and dropsy and endured physical disability most of his adult life after being shot in the chest during a duel, was just shy of Mr. Trump in stature, standing 6-foot-1. Peter Baker, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dropsy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of dropsy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dropsy

Middle English dropesie, short for ydropesie, from Anglo-French, from Latin hydropisis, modification of Greek hydrōps, from hydōr water — more at water

Learn More About dropsy

Time Traveler for dropsy

Time Traveler

The first known use of dropsy was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near dropsy

drop strake

dropsy

dropsy plant

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for dropsy

Cite this Entry

“Dropsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dropsy. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for dropsy

dropsy

noun
drop·​sy | \ ˈdräp-sē How to pronounce dropsy (audio) \
plural dropsies

Medical Definition of dropsy

: edema

More from Merriam-Webster on dropsy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dropsy

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!