zone out

zoned out; zoning out; zones out

Definition of zone out

intransitive verb

: to become oblivious to one's surroundings especially in order to relax zone out in front of the TV

First Known Use of zone out

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zone out

of uncertain origin

Note: Attested slightly earlier is zoned "intoxicated." Perhaps in part as a counterpart to zoned in "focused," in part after space out, given the relative semantic proximity of space and zone. Note also that zoned is phonetically similar to zonked.

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The first known use of zone out was in 1982

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“Zone out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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