quinsy [kwin-zee] ExamplesWord Origin noun Pathology.

  1. a suppurative inflammation of the tonsils; suppurative tonsillitis; tonsillar abscess.

Origin of quinsy 1300–50; Middle English quin(e)sie Medieval Latin quinancia, Late Latin cynanchē Greek kynánchē sore throatRelated formsquin·sied, adjective Examples from the Web for quinsy Historical Examples of quinsy

  • Uncle Jake is subject to the quinsy and he was on the verge of it.

    Watch Yourself Go By

    Al. G. Field

  • Edred, the successor of Edmund I of England, died of quinsy.

    The Every Day Book of History and Chronology

    Joel Munsell

  • It is stimulant, diaphoretic, and expectorant; is used in quinsy, and by the native doctors of Travancore in catarrhal affections.

    Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I

    Arnold Cooley

  • Alas, apart from her tendency to quinsy, it was I who was found wanting.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • My mother feared that quinsy was catching; and Miss Perry had no successor.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • British Dictionary definitions for quinsy quinsy noun

    1. inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues with the formation of abscesses

    Word Origin for quinsy C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Greek kunankhē, from kuōn dog + ankhein to strangle Word Origin and History for quinsy n.

    “severe sore throat,” late 14c., qwinaci, from Old French quinancie (Modern French esquinacie), from Late Latin cynanche, from Greek kynankhe “sore throat,” also “dog collar,” literally “dog-choking,” from kyon (genitive kynos) “dog” (see canine) + ankhein “to strangle,” cognate with Latin angere (see anger (v.)).

    quinsy in Medicine quinsy [kwĭn′zē] n.

    1. peritonsillar abscess

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