Etymology
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spaz (n.)

also spazz, by 1959, U.S. teen slang phrase, typically in later use a put-down, apparently a derogatory shortening of spastic (n.). Also used as a verb, by 1972, often with out (adv.). Related: Spazzed; spazzing.

My Daddy is a regular spaz. You don't know what a spaz is? Let me tell you. A spaz is a guy who's completely out of this world—but I mean, completely. [Parade Magazine, March 1, 1959]

[Y]our teen-aged daughter asks what you think of her "shades," which you are canny enough to know are her sunglasses, and you say, "cool," and she says, "oh dad, what a spaz!" [Russell Baker column, April 13, 1965]

updated on June 15, 2022

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