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or spazz

[spaz]Slang: Offensive.
  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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Examples from the Web for spazz

Historical Examples of spazz

  • “Heh, spazz dinosaur,” the East Indian woman said, and they all laughed.

    Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

    Cory Doctorow

Word Origin and History for spazz



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

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