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From spastic.


spaz ‎(plural spazzes)

  1. (slang, pejorative, offensive in the Britain) A stupid or incompetent person.
    • 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, pejorative, offensive in the Britain) A hyperactive person.
  3. (slang, pejorative, offensive in the Britain) A tantrum, a fit.

Usage notes[edit]

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The offensiveness of this term and of spastic differs considerably between the US and the UK. In the United States, the terms are inoffensive; in the UK, they are very offensive; see spastic for more.[1][2][3]


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

  1. (slang, pejorative, offensive) To have a tantrum or fit.
  2. (slang, offensive) 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", Separated by a Common Language. URL accessed on 2007-08-17.
  2. ^ BBC worst word vote
  3. ^ The s-word, by Damon Rose, BBC News, 12 April 2006