psych

1

or psyche

[ sahyk ]
/ saɪk /

verb (used with object) Informal.

to intimidate or frighten psychologically, or make nervous (often followed by out): to psych out the competition.
to prepare psychologically to be in the right frame of mind or to give one's best (often followed by up): to psych oneself up for an interview.
to figure out psychologically; decipher (often followed by out): to psych out a problem.

Nearby words

  1. pss,
  2. psst,
  3. pst,
  4. pstn,
  5. psv,
  6. psych out,
  7. psych up,
  8. psych-,
  9. psych-out,
  10. psych.

Origin of psych

1
1915–20 in earlier sense “to subject to psychoanalysis”; originally a shortening of psychoanalyze; in later use (especially indefs 1, 2) perhaps independent use of psych-

psyche

[ sahyk ]
/ saɪk /

verb (used with object), psyched, psych·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for psyched

psych

psyche

/ (saɪk) /

verb

(tr) informal to psychoanalyseSee also psych out, psych up

Word Origin for psych

C20: shortened from psychoanalyse

Psyche

/ (ˈsaɪkɪ) /

noun

Greek myth a beautiful girl loved by Eros (Cupid), who became the personification of the soul

psyche

/ (ˈsaɪkɪ) /

noun

the human mind or soul

Word Origin for psyche

C17: from Latin, from Greek psukhē breath, soul; related to Greek psukhein to breathe

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Word Origin and History for psyched
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Medicine definitions for psyched

psyche

[ sīkē ]

n.

The mind functioning as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior and consciously or unconsciously mediating the body's responses to the social and physical environment.

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Culture definitions for psyched

Psyche

[ (seye-kee) ]

In Roman mythology, a beautiful girl who was visited each night in the dark by Cupid, who told her she must not try to see him. When she did try, while he was asleep, she accidentally dropped oil from her lamp on him, and he awoke and fled. After she had performed many harsh tasks set by Cupid's mother, Venus, Jupiter made her immortal, and she and Cupid were married. Her name is Greek for both “soul” and “butterfly.”

psyche

[ (seye-kee) ]

The mind, soul, or spirit, as opposed to the body. In psychology, the psyche is the center of thought, feeling, and motivation, consciously and unconsciously directing the body's reactions to its social and physical environment.

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