Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A painful pus-filled inflammation or abscess of the tonsils and surrounding tissues, usually a complication of tonsillitis, caused by bacterial infection and often accompanied by fever.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inflammation of the throat, or parts adjacent, especially of the fauces or tonsils, attended by considerable swelling, painful and impeded deglutition, and accompanied by inflammatory fever. It sometimes creates danger of suffocation; -- called also squinancy, and squinzey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Tonsillitis; specifically, a deep suppurative tonsillitis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin quinancia and Old French quinancie, both from Greek kunankhē, dog quinsy, dog-collar : kuōn, kun-, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots + ankhein, to squeeze; see angh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French quinencie, from Medieval Latin quinancia, from Ancient Greek κυνάγχη ("canine quinsy"), from κύων ("dog") + ἄγχω ("throttle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For the Church of the Badia of Florence he made a very beautiful S. Jerome; and he began a Deposition from the Cross for the high-altar of the Friars of the Nunziata, but only finished the figures in the upper half of the picture, for, being overcome by a most cruel fever and by that contraction of the throat that is commonly known as quinsy, he died in a few days at the age of forty-five.

    Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects Vol. 04 (of 10), Filippino Lippi to Domenico Puligo

  • The name Prunella (which belongs more rightly to another herb) has been given to the Sanicle, perhaps, through its having been originally known as Brunella, Brownwort, both because of the brown colour of its spikes, and from its being supposed to cure the disease called in Germany _die braune_, a kind of quinsy; on the doctrine of signatures, because the corolla resembles a throat with swollen glands.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • He'd had the quinsy and swollen glands when he was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech.

    Sole Music

  • Next day, I was in my surgery, listening patiently to an elderly lady from the village, some relation to the soup cook, who was rather garrulously detailing her daughter-in-law's bout with the morbid sore throat that theoretically had something to do with her current complaint of quinsy, though I couldn't at the moment see the connection.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • There was a child of my own, and he but a year and a-half old, and he got a quinsy and a choking in the throat and I was holding him in my arms beside the fire, and all in a minute he died.

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • He was sick with quinsy, a severe throat infection, and malaria.

    Dream State

  • It is a good symptom when swelling on the outside of the neck seizes a person very ill of quinsy, for the disease is turned outwardly.

    Aphorisms

  • Persons who escape an attack of quinsy, and when the disease is turned upon the lungs, die in seven days; or if they pass these they become affected with empyema.

    Aphorisms

  • It is a good sign when swelling and redness on the breast seize a person very ill of quinsy, for in this case the disease is diverted outwardly.

    Aphorisms

  • The woman affected with quinsy, who lodged in the house of Aristion: her complaint began in the tongue; speech inarticulate; tongue red and parched.

    Of The Epidemics

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  • "An inflammation of the throat, or parts adjacent, especially of the fauces or tonsils, attended by considerable swelling, painful and impeded deglutition, and accompanied by inflammatory fever. It sometimes creates danger of suffocation; -- called also squinancy, and squinzey."

    --GNU Webster's 1913

    July 26, 2012

  • One of the characters in Bedknobs and Broomsticks had this.

    July 16, 2012

  • "When she was ill in December, quite seriously so, with a quinsy, I wrote the following little hymn. I began to compose it one morning, before daybreak, but fell asleep at the end of the first two lines. When I waked again the third and fourth were whispered to my heart in a way which I have often experienced."
    --The Winner of Sorrow by Brian Lynch, p 80

    July 12, 2009

  • dog collar

    June 22, 2007