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palsy

noun pal·sy \ ˈpȯl-zē \

Definition of palsy

plural palsies
1 : paralysis used chiefly in combination
  • oculomotor palsy
— see bell's palsy, cerebral palsy
2 : a condition that is marked by uncontrollable tremor and quivering of the body or one or more of its parts not used technically
  • … an involuntary shake that was to prove the prelude to age's palsy.
  • —Angus Wilson

Examples of palsy in a Sentence

  1. palsy can sometimes be caused by a brain injury

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Origin and Etymology of palsy

Middle English palesie, alteration of parlesey, from Anglo-French paralisie, from Latin paralysis


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palsy

verb

Definition of palsy

palsied; palsying
transitive verb
: to affect with or as if with palsy

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First Known Use of palsy

1615


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palsy

adjective \ ˈpal-zē \

Definition of palsy

Examples of palsy in a Sentence

  1. the salesman changed his palsy attitude when he realized that I wasn't buying

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First Known Use of palsy

1951


PALSY Defined for Kids

palsy

noun pal·sy \ ˈpȯl-zē \

Definition of palsy for Students

1 : paralysis
2 : an uncontrollable trembling of the body or a part of the body

Medical Dictionary

palsy

noun pal·sy \ ˈpȯl-zē \

medical Definition of palsy

plural palsies
1 : paralysis used chiefly in combination
  • oculomotor palsy
— see bell's palsy, cerebral palsy
2 : a condition that is characterized by uncontrollable tremor or quivering of the body or one or more of its parts not used technically


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