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From Ancient Greek παραλυτικός (paralutikós, paralyzed).



paralytic (plural paralytics)

  1. Someone suffering from paralysis.




paralytic (comparative more paralytic, superlative most paralytic)

  1. Affected by paralysis; paralysed.
    • Prior
      the cold, shaking, paralytic hand
  2. Pertaining to paralysis.
  3. (Britain, Australia, Ireland) Very drunk.
    • 1996 August 18, Ben McCulloch, “Para-olympics”, in aus.jokes, Usenet[1]:
      Are the para-olympics the events in which the olympians, having finished their events in the normal olympics, go out and get pissed and then compete again?
      ie: the para-olympics become the paralytic olympics.
    • 1999 January 3, David McLoughlin, “Gundagai - Last Use Of Line?”, in aus.rail, Usenet[2]:
      I'm amazed I survived so much drunken driving. Once he was so paralytic he even made me drive, and I was about 14 and barely able to see above the steering wheel. At least it was an automatic.
    • 2017 May 24, Peter Ryan, “ablett no from hall of fame”, in, Usenet[3]:
      He hasn't even been openly accused of anything bar drinking himself paralytic at a time that, in hindsight, was inconvenient.
    • 2017 April 16, C e r b e r u s - T h e D o g O f H e l l, “On the Isle of Man.”, in free.jokes, Usenet[4]:
      On returning to his friends at the bar he remarked " there's a fellow in the jaxx and he's just paralytic. He must be heading for the boat and didn't quite make it."


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