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[ki-rop-uh-dist, kahy- or, often, shuh-] /kɪˈrɒp ə dɪst, kaɪ- or, often, ʃə-/
a podiatrist.
Origin of chiropodist
First recorded in 1775-85; chiro- + -pod + -ist
Can be confused
chiropodist, chiropractor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chiropodist
Historical Examples
  • New-Haven enjoys an elephant that has corns, and is about to be operated on by a chiropodist.

  • To a dentist or chiropodist he would be invaluable, as he can do almost anything.

  • One of the divans is partitioned off for the accommodation of the chiropodist.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • Connected with it is a saloon for the hairdresser and chiropodist, and an attendants' room.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • So with tight-lacing and the new attachment of a chiropodist to fashionable families.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • How many are there right now who have one foot in the grave and the other at the chiropodist's?

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • She is acquainted with Augustus Fink-Nottle, the dogs' chiropodist.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • If a man tells me he has a headache, I send him to a chiropodist.

    Olympian Nights John Kendrick Bangs
  • He rose from his knees, and added modestly: "I am a chiropodist."

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins
  • She had a paprika-seasoned sister, married to a chiropodist, in Oshkosh.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
Word Origin and History for chiropodist

1785, from chiro- "hand" + pod-, stem of Greek pous "foot" (see foot (n.)) + -ist. Probably coined by Canadian-born U.S. healer Daniel Palmer (1845-1913); originally they treated both hands and feet. A much-maligned word among classicists, who point out it could mean "having chapped feet" but probably doesn't, and in that case it is an etymological garble and no one can say for sure what it is meant to signify. Related: Chiropody.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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