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Related to quinsy: tonsillitis, Ludwig's angina


Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin quinancia and Old French quinancie, both from Greek kunankhē, dog quinsy, dog-collar : kuōn, kun-, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots + ankhein, to squeeze; see angh- in Indo-European roots.]


(Pathology) inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues with the formation of abscesses
[C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Greek kunankhē, from kuōn dog + ankhein to strangle]


(ˈkwɪn zi)

an abscess located between the tonsil and the pharynx accompanied by a severe sore throat and fever.
[1300–50; Middle English quin(e)sie < Medieval Latin quinancia, Late Latin cynanchē < Greek kynánchē sore throat, quinsy]
quin′sied, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quinsy - a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis
angina - any disease of the throat or fauces marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocative pain


[ˈkwɪnzɪ] Nangina f


n (old)Mandelentzündung f
References in classic literature ?
The next day I came down with an attack of quinsy, which kept me in the house for nearly two weeks.
He'd had the quinsy and swollen glands when he was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech.
The wolf paused, turned its heavy forehead toward the dogs awkwardly, like a man suffering from the quinsy, and, still slightly swaying from side to side, gave a couple of leaps and with a swish of its tail disappeared into the skirt of the wood.
His biographer speculates that McDonald suffered from a form of rheumatoid arthritis, (29) a diagnosis the diary shares along with other symptoms and ailments, for example, chronic fever, bronchitis, neuralgia, quinsy, and chronic insomnia.
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Last form of sore throat in adults is called Quinsy (Peritonsillar Abscess), which usually occurs following the spread of a tonsil infection.
It was freezing cold and I spent the week in bed - not because it was my honeymoon but because I had quinsy.
Quinsy Gario says the custom is racist and held a one-man protest on Sunday.
Complications include toxic shock syndrome, septicaemia, parapharyngeal abscess, rheumatic fever, quinsy and hepatitis.
Some papal scribes of the day alleged he swallowed a fly in a glass of wine, others wrote it was the quinsy that carried him off.
1726: Sir John Vanbrugh, playwright and architect of Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and many castles and houses, died of a quinsy.