from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.
- n. A weakening or debilitating influence.
- n. An enfeebled condition or debilitated state thought to result from such an influence.
- n. A fit of strong emotion marked by the inability to act: "Flaherty dithered in a little palsy of indignation” ( Anthony Burgess).
- transitive v. To paralyze.
- transitive v. To deprive of strength.
- transitive v. To make helpless, as with fear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Chummy, friendly.
- n. Complete or partial muscle paralysis of a body part, often accompanied by a loss of feeling and uncontrolled body movements such as shaking.
- v. To paralyse, either completely or partially.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Paralysis, complete or partial. See paralysis.
- transitive v. To affect with palsy, or as with palsy; to deprive of action or energy; to paralyze.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A weakening, suspension, or abolition of muscular power or sensation; paralysis. See paralysis.
- To paralyze; affect with palsy or as with palsy; deprive of action or energy.
- To suffer from palsy; be affected with palsy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a condition marked by uncontrollable tremor
- n. loss of the ability to move a body part
- v. affect with palsy
Middle English palsie, alteration of Old French paralisie, alteration of Latin paralysis; see paralysis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pals + -y. (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman paralisie, parleisie et al., from the accusative form of Latin paralysis, from Ancient Greek παράλυσις (paralusis, "palsy"), from παραλύειν (paraluein, "to disable on one side"), from παρά (para, "beside") + λύειν (luein, "loosen"). (Wiktionary)