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From spastic.


  • IPA(key): /spæz/
  • (file)


spaz (plural spazzes)

  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive) A stupid or incompetent person.
    • 1981, Stephen King, The Jaunt
      In fact, it was the view of the scientists now in charge [] that the freakier they were, the better; if a mental spaz could go through and come out all right [] then the process was probably safe for the executives, politicians, and fashion models of the world.
    • 2006, Tiger Woods:
      “I was so in control from tee to green, the best I’ve played for years… But as soon as I got on the green I was a spaz.”
  2. (slang, derogatory, offensive) A hyperactive person.
  3. (slang, derogatory, offensive) A tantrum, a fit.

Usage notes[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:

The offensiveness of this term and of spastic differs somewhat between the US and the UK. In the UK, they are very offensive. The term is more commonly used in the U.S. but is still offensive to many in the disability community. See spastic for more.[1][2][3]

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See also[edit]


spaz (third-person singular simple present spazzes, present participle spazzing, simple past and past participle spazzed)

  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive) To have a tantrum or fit.
  2. (slang) To malfunction, go on the fritz.

Usage notes[edit]

The sense “to malfunction” is the only sense that is not insulting to the object, and is cognate to spasm (compare seize up), but still may cause offense due to connections with spastic.




  1. ^ Murphy, M Lynne (2007-02-28) , “spastic, learning disability”, in Separated by a Common Language[1], retrieved 2007-08-17
  2. ^ “BBC worst word vote”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[2], accessed 20 March 2007, archived from the original on 20 March 2007
  3. ^ The s-word, by Damon Rose, BBC News, 12 April 2006