Definition of paralytic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌpærəˈlɪtɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærəˈlɪtɪk//
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  1. 1[not before noun] (British English, informal) very drunk He was/got completely paralytic last night.
  2. 2[usually before noun] (formal) suffering from paralysis; making somebody unable to move a paralytic illness paralytic fear
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French paralytique, via Latin from Greek paralutikos ‘relating to paralysis’ (see paralysis).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paralytic