strung out

adjective

1
: physically debilitated (as from long-term drug addiction)
2
: addicted to a drug
3
: intoxicated or stupefied from drug use

Examples of strung out in a Sentence

stars strung out across the galaxy she seems to have been strung out for most of the 1960s
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strung out was circa 1959

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“Strung out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strung%20out. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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