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



    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 Originmid 18th cent.: via Latin from Greek spastikos ‘pulling’, from span ‘pull’.

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