- pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; characterized by spasms.
- resembling a spasm or spasms; sudden but brief; sporadic: spasmodic efforts at reform.
- given to or characterized by bursts of excitement.
Origin of spasmodic
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2. occasional, intermittent, periodic, fleeting.
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Examples from the Web for spasmodically
He clutched at it spasmodically, to be sure it was still safe.At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern
Sylvia drew away from Runyon, not spasmodically, but as if she were moving in her sleep.Children of the Desert
For the lad caught him spasmodically by the arm with both hands.The Lost Middy
George Manville Fenn
"My luck is serving me to-day," the newcomer went on spasmodically.The Woman in Black
Edmund Clerihew Bentley
He extended his arm, and moved it spasmodically to encourage them.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
- taking place in sudden brief spells
- of or characterized by spasms
C17: New Latin, from Greek spasmos spasm
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Word Origin and History for spasmodically
1681, from Medieval Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmodes "of the nature of a spasm," from spasmos (see spasm) + -odes "like."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.
- Happening intermittently; fitful.
- Given to sudden outbursts of energy or of feeling; excitable.
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