[ki-rop-uh-dist, kahy- or, often, shuh-]


a podiatrist.

Origin of chiropodist

First recorded in 1775–85; chiro- + -pod + -ist
Can be confusedchiropodist chiropractor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chiropodist

Historical Examples of chiropodist

  • 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.

  • Connected with it is a saloon for the hairdresser and chiropodist, and an attendants' room.

    The Turkish Bath

    Robert Owen Allsop

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

    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

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