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or spazz

[spaz]Slang: Offensive.
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  1. an awkward or clumsy person.
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verb (used without object), spazzed, spaz·zing.
  1. to move in an awkward or clumsy way (usually followed by out): She spazzed out and we had broken glass all over the floor.
  2. to become more angry than a situation warrants (usually followed by out): Mom spazzed out when she smelled cigarette smoke on my clothes.
  3. to twitch: He was spazzing and muttering to himself, like the old speed freak he is.
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Origin of spaz

First recorded in 1960–65; shortening and alteration of spastic

Usage note

See spastic.
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Related Words for spaz

ninnyhammer, spastic, spaz

Word Origin and History for spaz


also spazz, by 1965, U.S. teen slang, apparently a derogatory shortening of spastic. Also used as a verb.

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