- 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
Origin of palsy2
Examples from the Web for palsy
I'd been afflicted in June with Lyme's disease and Bell's palsy.From a Polish Country House Kitchen ... To Your Kitchen
December 4, 2012
Is his ailment more serious—say, a heart attack or stroke or even Bell's palsy, which left his face looking contorted?China Roiled by Rumors and Questions About Absent Heir Apparent Xi Jinping
September 11, 2012
But, ma'am, if you had seen her at the time that her mother was struck with palsy!Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
A querulous, high-pitched voice, quavering with the palsy of extreme age.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
The strong restraint I have put upon my hands has been enough to palsy them.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
And now that it came it did not come to stimulate, but to palsy.The Shame of Motley
But it is open to graver criticism than the palsy of its members: it is a system of despair.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- paralysis, esp of a specified typecerebral palsy
- to paralyse
Word Origin and History for 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.