spastic

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Etymology[edit]

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

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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.

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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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