Definition of spastic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    spastic

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈspæstɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspæstɪk//
     
     
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  1. 1(medical or old-fashioned) having or caused by cerebral palsy, an illness which makes it difficult for somebody to control their muscles and movements. Using this word is now often considered offensive spastic children spastic reactions
  2. 2(informal) an offensive word, sometimes used by children to mean ‘stupid’
  3. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: via Latin from Greek spastikos ‘pulling’, from span ‘pull’.

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