[ spaz-mod-ik ]
See synonyms for: spasmodicspasmodically on

  1. pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; characterized by spasms.

  2. resembling a spasm or spasms; sudden but brief; sporadic: spasmodic efforts at reform.

  1. given to or characterized by bursts of excitement.

Origin of spasmodic

First recorded in 1675–85; from Medieval Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmṓd(ēs) “spasmodic” (derivative of spasmós spasm; see -ode1) + Latin -icus -ic
  • Sometimes spas·mod·i·cal [spaz-mod-i-kuhl] /spæzˈmɒd ɪ kəl/ .

Other words for spasmodic

Other words from spasmodic

  • spas·mod·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·spas·mod·ic, adjective, noun
  • post·spas·mod·ic, adjective
  • un·spas·mod·ic, adjective
  • un·spas·mod·i·cal, adjective

Words Nearby spasmodic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use spasmodic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for spasmodic


rarely spasmodical

/ (spæzˈmɒdɪk) /

  1. taking place in sudden brief spells

  2. of or characterized by spasms

Origin of spasmodic

C17: New Latin, from Greek spasmos spasm

Derived forms of spasmodic

  • spasmodically, adverb

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