[ struhng-out ]
/ ˈstrʌŋˈaʊt /

adjective Slang.

severely debilitated from alcohol or drugs.
physically or emotionally exhausted.

Nearby words

  1. strumous,
  2. strumpet,
  3. strung,
  4. strung out,
  5. strung up,
  6. strunt,
  7. strut,
  8. strut one's stuff,
  9. struthers,
  10. struthious

Origin of string

before 900; (noun) Middle English string, streng, Old English streng; cognate with Dutch streng, German Strang; akin to Latin stringere to bind; (v.) late Middle English stringen to string a bow, derivative of the noun

Related formsstring·less, adjectivestring·like, adjectivere·string, verb, re·strung, re·string·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for strung out

strung out

adjective slang

addicted to a drug
(of a drug addict) suffering or distressed because of the lack of a drug


/ (strɪŋ) /


verb strings, stringing or strung (strʌŋ)

Derived Formsstringlike, adjective

Word Origin for string

Old English streng; related to Old High German strang, Old Norse strengr; see strong

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Word Origin and History for strung out
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Idioms and Phrases with strung out

strung out

see string out, def. 2.


In addition to the idioms beginning with string

  • string along
  • string out
  • strings attached
  • string together
  • string up

also see:

  • harp on (one string)
  • no strings attached
  • on a shoestring
  • on a string
  • pull strings
  • purse strings
  • tied to apron strings
  • two strings to one's bow
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