[ pawl-zeed ]
/ ˈpɔl zid /


paralyzed; unable to move or control certain muscles.

Origin of palsied

First recorded in 1960–65; palsy1 + -ed3

Related forms

un·pal·sied, adjective

Definition for palsied (2 of 2)


[ pawl-zee ]
/ ˈpɔl zi /

noun, plural pal·sies.

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.

verb (used with object), pal·sied, pal·sy·ing.

to paralyze.

Origin of palsy

1250–1300; Middle English, variant of parlesie < Middle French paralisie < Latin paralysis paralysis

Related forms

pal·sy·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palsied


/ (ˈpɔːlzɪ) pathol /

noun plural -sies

paralysis, esp of a specified typecerebral palsy

verb -sies, -sying or -sied (tr)

to paralyse

Derived Forms

palsied, adjective

Word Origin for palsy

C13 palesi, from Old French paralisie, from Latin paralysis
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Medicine definitions for palsied


[ pôlzē ]


Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.
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