spacey

or spac·y

[spey-see]
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Origin of spacey

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; space + -ey1
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British Dictionary definitions for spacy

spacey

adjective spacier or spaciest
  1. slang vague and dreamy, as if under the influence of drugs

Word Origin for spacey

C20: space + -ey

Spacey

noun
  1. 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
adj.

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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