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space cadet

noun, Slang.
a person who appears to be in his or her own world or out of touch with reality.
a person who behaves oddly or seems stupefied or remote because of the influence of drugs; druggie.
Origin of space cadet
1950-55, for sense “spaceman trainee” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for space cadet
Historical Examples
  • "I'm going to be a space cadet when I get old enough," he gulped breathlessly.

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell
  • He was a young man wearing the royal-blue uniform of a space cadet.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • And the only way that could be accomplished was by being a space cadet.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • He knew the pirate would not take defeat at the hands of a space cadet easily.

  • But no one had ever remembered a space cadet working on the squad, and particularly for six months!

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • More than once he had shaken his head in wonder at being a space cadet.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
British Dictionary definitions for space cadet

space cadet

(slang) a person who is eccentric or out of touch with reality, as if affected by drugs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for space cadet

space cadet

n phr,n

A mad or eccentric person, esp one who seems stuporous or out of touch with reality as if intoxicated by narcotics; nut,spaced-out: Alda presents her as such a space cadet that the agony of divorce is tempered/ meant to convince the jury that he is an unreliable space-out, that perhaps he was hallucinating

[1980s+; probably fr the 1950s TV program Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, which followed the adventures of a group of teenage cadets at a 24th-century space academy, thought of humorously as being far out, way out, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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