spastic

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Etymology[edit]

Latin spasticus, from Ancient Greek σπαστικός (spastikós, drawing in). Confer French spastique and see also spasm.

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Adjective[edit]

spastic (comparative more spastic, superlative most spastic)

  1. (pathology) Of, relating to, or affected by spasm.
  2. (pathology) Of or relating to spastic paralysis.
  3. (slang, pejorative) Clumsy.
  4. (slang, pejorative) Hyperactive, excited, and acting in a random manner.

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Noun[edit]

spastic (plural spastics)

  1. A person affected by spastic paralysis or spastic cerebral palsy.
  2. (slang, offensive) A stupid, clumsy person.
    • I'm Alan Partridge (TV series), To Kill a Mocking Alan
      Jed Maxwell: See you next week then. We'll have that pint.
      Alan Partridge: Yep.
      Jed Maxwell: ...go and see my brother.
      Alan Partridge: No way, you big spastic! You're a mentalist!

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The word is perceived as relatively inoffensive in the United States, but extremely offensive in the United Kingdom.

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