1 [pawl-zee]
noun, plural palsies.
any of a variety of atonal muscular conditions characterized by tremors of the body parts, as the hands, arms, or legs, or of the entire body.
paralysis ( def 1b ).
verb (used with object), palsied, palsying.
to paralyze.

1250–1300; Middle English, variant of parlesie < Middle French paralisie < Latin paralysis paralysis

palsylike, adjective Unabridged


2 [pal-zee]
adjective Slang.

1925–30; pal + -sy Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
palsy (ˈpɔːlzɪ)
n , pl -sies
1.  paralysis, esp of a specified type: cerebral palsy
vb , -sies, -sies, -sying, -sied
2.  to paralyse
[C13 palesi, from Old French paralisie, from Latin paralysis]

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Word Origin & History

"disease causing paralysis," late 13c., palesie, from Anglo-Fr. parlesie, O.Fr. paralisie, from L. paralysis (see paralysis).
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American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

palsy pal·sy (pôl'zē)
Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.

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Bible Dictionary

Palsy definition

a shorter form of "paralysis." Many persons thus afflicted were cured by our Lord (Matt. 4:24; 8:5-13; 9:2-7; Mark 2:3-11; Luke 7:2-10; John 5:5-7) and the apostles (Acts 8:7; 9:33, 34).

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Example sentences
But she uses a wheelchair because she has cerebral palsy.
It can also have applications in human health and medicine, particularly in the
  area of prosthetics and cerebral palsy.
He is blind and developmentally disabled, and he has cerebral palsy.
My best friend has cerebral palsy, and she has the balance down to a science.
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