Etymology
Advertisement

spasmodic (adj.)

"pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by spasm; affected by spasms, convulsive," 1680s, from French spasmodique, from Medieval Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmōdes "of the nature of a spasm," from spasmos "a spasm, convulsion; wincing; violent movement" (see spasm) + -odes "like" (see -oid). Figuratively, "happening or operating by fits and starts; jerky," also "high-strung." Related: Spasmodically.

updated on June 15, 2022

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of spasmodic from WordNet

spasmodic (adj.)
affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm;
his body made a spasmodic jerk
Synonyms: convulsive / spastic
spasmodic (adj.)
occurring in spells and often abruptly;
spasmodic rifle fire
Synonyms: fitful
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.