palsy (plural palsies)
- (pathology) Complete or partial muscle paralysis of a body part, often accompanied by a loss of feeling and uncontrolled body movements such as shaking.
complete or partial muscle paralysis of a body part
palsy (third-person singular simple present palsies, present participle palsying, simple past and past participle palsied)
- To paralyse, either completely or partially.
- 1831, William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator, To The Public
- In the month of August, I issued proposals for publishing "THE LIBERATOR" in Washington city; but the enterprise, though hailed in different sections of the country, was palsied by public indifference.
- 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 2, chapter 9
- Its streets were blocked up with snow - the few passangers seemed palsied with snow, and frozen by the ungenial visitation of winter.
From pals + -y.
palsy (comparative more palsy, superlative most palsy)
- (colloquial) Chummy, friendly.