\ ˈspaz How to pronounce spaz (audio) \
plural spazzes

Definition of spaz

slang, often offensive
: one who is inept : klutz

Examples of spaz in a Sentence

I'm a real spaz on the ski slopes. I haven't played tennis in years, so don't be surprised if I am a total spaz on the court.
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First Known Use of spaz

circa 1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spaz

by shortening & alteration from spastic

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“Spaz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spaz

US slang : a person who is very clumsy or awkward


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