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[ki-rop-uh-dist, kahy- or, often, shuh-] /kɪˈrɒp ə dɪst, kaɪ- or, often, ʃə-/
a podiatrist.
Origin of chiropodist
1775-85; chiro- + -pod + -ist
Can be confused
chiropodist, chiropractor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To a dentist or chiropodist he would be invaluable, as he can do almost anything.

  • New-Haven enjoys an elephant that has corns, and is about to be operated on by a chiropodist.

  • It would have been so easy for her to have said that she had been to the dressmaker's or the chiropodist's.

  • One of the divans is partitioned off for the accommodation of the chiropodist.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • He rose from his knees, and added modestly: "I am a chiropodist."

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins
  • Connected with it is a saloon for the hairdresser and chiropodist, and an attendants' room.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • "One might think oneself in a chiropodist's, or a dentist's establishment," remarked Chupin to the servant.

  • So with tight-lacing and the new attachment of a chiropodist to fashionable families.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • You may depend upon it that both the wagonmaker and the chiropodist will share my opinion.

    Lucky Pehr August Strindberg
  • How many are there right now who have one foot in the grave and the other at the chiropodist's?

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
Word Origin and History for chiropodist

1785, from chiro- "hand" + pod-, stem of Greek pous "foot" (see foot (n.)) + -ist. Probably coined by Canadian-born U.S. healer Daniel Palmer (1845-1913); originally they treated both hands and feet. A much-maligned word among classicists, who point out it could mean "having chapped feet" but probably doesn't, and in that case it is an etymological garble and no one can say for sure what it is meant to signify. Related: Chiropody.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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