[ spas-tik ]
/ ˈspæs tɪk /
Pathology. pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by spasm, especially tonic spasm.
Slang: Offensive. awkward or clumsy.
Pathology. a person exhibiting spasms.
Slang: Offensive. an awkward or clumsy person.
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Origin of spastic
1745–55; < Latin spasticus afflicted with spasms < Greek spastikós of a spasm, equivalent to spas-, stem of spân to pull off, pluck, convulse + -tikos -tic
usage note for spastic
The slang use of spastic (or spaz ) to mean “clumsy” is perceived as insulting to people who are affected with muscular spasms.
OTHER WORDS FROM spasticspas·ti·cal·ly, adverbspas·tic·i·ty [spa-stis-i-tee] /spæˈstɪs ɪ ti/, noun
Words nearby spastic
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British Dictionary definitions for spastic
/ (ˈspæstɪk, spæsˈtɪsɪtɪ) /
an old-fashioned and now offensive name for a person who has cerebral palsy
taboo, slang a clumsy, incapable, or incompetent person
affected by or resembling spasms
taboo, slang clumsy, incapable or incompetent
Derived forms of spasticspastically, adverbspasticity, noun See cerebral palsy
Word Origin for spastic
C18: from Latin spasticus, from Greek spastikos, from spasmos spasm
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Medical definitions for spastic
[ spăs′tĭk ]
Relating to or affected by spasm.
Relating to spastic paralysis.
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