- paralyzed; unable to move or control certain muscles.
Origin of palsied
- any of a variety of atonal muscular conditions characterized by tremors of the body parts, as the hands, arms, or legs, or of the entire body.
- paralysis(def 1b).
- to paralyze.
Origin of palsy1
Examples from the Web for palsied
He sketched it quickly, his hand trembling, giving the drawing an awkward, palsied look.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I was palsied with doubt, and the golden moments were fleeting, were fleeting.The Bacillus of Beauty
His mind was palsied with his body; its utmost energy was peevishness.Edward Fane's Rosebud (From "Twice Told Tales")
Madison punched the button for me with a palsied, manicured thumb.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
He became angry and said: "I should rather be palsied in one-half of my body than do so."The Faith of Islam
Trafford uttered a groan of despair, and stood, for an instant, like one palsied.Culm Rock
- paralysis, esp of a specified typecerebral palsy
- to paralyse
Word Origin and History for palsied
1540s, from palsy.
"disease causing paralysis," c.1300, palesie, from Anglo-French parlesie, Old French paralisie, from Vulgar Latin *paralysia, from Latin paralysis (see paralysis).
- Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.