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or spazz

[spaz] /spæz/ Slang: Offensive.
an awkward or clumsy person.
verb (used without object), spazzed, spazzing.
to move in an awkward or clumsy way (usually followed by out):
She spazzed out and we had broken glass all over the floor.
to become more angry than a situation warrants (usually followed by out):
Mom spazzed out when she smelled cigarette smoke on my clothes.
to twitch:
He was spazzing and muttering to himself, like the old speed freak he is.
Origin of spaz
First recorded in 1960-65; shortening and alteration of spastic
Usage note
See spastic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Word Origin and History for spaz

also spazz, by 1965, U.S. teen slang, apparently a derogatory shortening of spastic. Also used as a verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spaz



: only the spastic twits in competition


  1. A strange and stupid person; weirdo: The man's a spaz, a total spaz (1965+ Teenagers)
  2. A nonathletic person, esp an awkward one (1977+)
  3. A fit of anger; hissy fit: Well, they threw a spaz and said we can talk on the phone, but I can't see him or have him over (1990s+)

[sometimes used cruelly, in reference to the plight of cerebral palsy patients exhibiting constant body spasms]

throw a fit

verb phrase

To behave or react very angrily; have kittens: She just about threw a fit when I told her we weren't going/ Well, they threw a spaz and said I can't see him or have him over (entry form 1896+, variant 1990s+)

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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