or spac·y


adjective, spac·i·er, spac·i·est.

Nearby words

  1. spaceship,
  2. spaceshot,
  3. spacesuit,
  4. spacewalk,
  5. spacewoman,
  6. spacial,
  7. spacial formula,
  8. spaciality,
  9. spacially,
  10. spacing

Origin of spacey

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; space + -ey1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for spacy


adjective spacier or spaciest

slang vague and dreamy, as if under the influence of drugs

Word Origin for spacey

C20: space + -ey



Kevin, original name Kevin Spacey Fowler . born 1959, US actor; films include Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Usual Suspects (1995), American Beauty (1999), which earned him an Academy Award, The Shipping News (2001), and Beyond the Sea (2004); artistic director of Old Vic Theatre Company, London, from 2003
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Word Origin and History for spacy



also spacey, 1885, "large, roomy, spacious," from space (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "felt as characteristic of outer space" (especially with reference to electronic music) is attested from 1971, probably influenced by spaced-out (1965, American English slang), a reference to the behavior of people using hallucinogenic drugs (see space (v.)).

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