- 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
Related Wordsdebilitated, disabled, paralyzed, sick, shaking, trembling, diseased, helpless, paralytic, shaky, weak, arthritic, atonic, neurasthenic, rheumatic, sclerotic, spastic, tremorous
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.