strung-out

[ struhng-out ]
/ ˈstrʌŋˈaʊt /

adjective Slang.

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

Definition for strung out (2 of 2)

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 forms

string·less, adjectivestring·like, adjectivere·string, verb, re·strung, re·string·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for strung out (1 of 2)

strung out

adjective slang

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

British Dictionary definitions for strung out (2 of 2)

string

/ (strɪŋ) /

noun


verb strings, stringing or strung (strʌŋ)

Derived Forms

stringlike, adjective

Word Origin for string

Old English streng; related to Old High German strang, Old Norse strengr; see strong
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Idioms and Phrases with strung out (1 of 2)

strung out

see string out, def. 2.


Idioms and Phrases with strung out (2 of 2)

string

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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