psych

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Clipping.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

psych (countable and uncountable, plural psychs)

  1. Psychology or psychiatry.
    a psych class
  2. A psychologist; a psychiatrist.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 476:
      She had attended a conference of psychs at which he had presided and they had taken a fancy to each other.

Adjective[edit]

psych (comparative more psych, superlative most psych)

  1. (informal) Psychedelic.
    curtains with psych colors
    a psych band; a psych album. Psych-rock and psych-folk music.
  2. (informal) Psychiatric.

Verb[edit]

psych (third-person singular simple present psychs, present participle psyching, simple past and past participle psyched)

  1. (transitive, reflexive) To put (someone) into a required psychological frame of mind (also psych up).
  2. (transitive) To intimidate (someone) emotionally or using psychology (also psych out).
  3. (transitive, informal) To treat (someone) using psychoanalysis.

Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

psych

  1. (slang) Indicating that one's preceding statement was false and that one has successfully fooled one's interlocutor. Also sike.
    Here, have fifty dollars. Psych! That was two dollars!
  2. (dated, slang) An interjection of surprised happiness.
    Psych! I just found my missing bracelet!

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