Origin of palsyMiddle English palesie, parlesie ; from Old French paralisie ; from Classical Latin paralysis, paralysis
- Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.
- a. A weakening or debilitating influence.b. An enfeebled condition or debilitated state thought to result from such an influence.
- A fit of strong emotion marked by the inability to act: “Flaherty dithered in a little palsy of indignation” (Anthony Burgess).
transitive verbpal·sied, pal·sy·ing, pal·sies
- a. To paralyze.b. To deprive of strength.
- To make helpless, as with fear.
Origin of palsyMiddle English palsie, alteration of Old French paralisie, alteration of Latin paralysis; see paralysis.
- (pathology) Complete or partial muscle paralysis of a body part, often accompanied by a loss of feeling and uncontrolled body movements such as shaking.
(third-person singular simple present palsies, present participle palsying, simple past and past participle palsied)
- To paralyse, either completely or partially.
From Anglo-Norman paralisie, parleisie et al., from the accusative form of Latin paralysis, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬Î»Ï…ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (paralusis, “palsy"), from Ï€Î±ÏÎ±Î»ÏÎµÎ¹Î½ (paraluein, “to disable on one side"), from Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬ (para, “beside") + Î»ÏÎµÎ¹Î½ (luein, “loosen").
From pals +"Ž -y.