paralyzed

adjective
par·​a·​lyzed | \ ˈper-ə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce paralyzed (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of paralyzed

1 : affected with paralysis If the right hemisphere of the brain is badly damaged in its sensory (parietal) areas, patients may show … an unawareness that anything is the matter, even though the left side of their body is senseless or paralyzed.— Oliver Sacks Thousands of paralyzed people worldwide are in the socially closed-off state.— Christen Brownlee
2 : rendered incapable of movement or action I was not found by the teacher until what seemed to me hours later but was probably five minutes, paralyzed with fright.— Kay Boyle Those who uncover plagiarism become paralyzed with embarrassment, letting the culprit escape rather than confronting him.— Walter Kendrick

First Known Use of paralyzed

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About paralyzed

Time Traveler for paralyzed

Time Traveler

The first known use of paralyzed was in 1763

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near paralyzed

paralyze

paralyzed

paralyzedly

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for paralyzed

Cite this Entry

“Paralyzed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paralyzed. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

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!