Definition of "palsy" []

  • Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors. (noun)
  • A weakening or debilitating influence. (noun)
  • An enfeebled condition or debilitated state thought to result from such an influence. (noun)
  • A fit of strong emotion marked by the inability to act: "Flaherty dithered in a little palsy of indignation” ( Anthony Burgess). (noun)
  • To paralyze. (verb-transitive)
  • Paralysis, esp of a specified type (noun)

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  • To paralyse (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "palsy" in a sentence
  • "Living with cerebral palsy is a continuous process of exploration."
  • "My girlfriend, in a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, is one of the kindest souls I have ever met and makes her more beautiful to me than any string of pageant contestants."
  • "For some people, a child with cerebral palsy is a tragedy."