psych

1 [sahyk]
verb (used with object) Informal.
1.
to intimidate or frighten psychologically, or make nervous (often followed by out ): to psych out the competition.
2.
to prepare psychologically to be in the right frame of mind or to give one's best (often followed by up ): to psych oneself up for an interview.
3.
to figure out psychologically; decipher (often followed by out ): to psych out a problem.
Also, psyche.


Origin:
1915–20 in earlier sense “to subject to psychoanalysis”; originally a shortening of psychoanalyze; in later use (especially in defs. 1 and 2) perhaps independent use of psych-

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psych

2 [sahyk]
noun Informal.
psychology, especially as a course or field of study: She took two semesters of psych in college.

Origin:
1890–95; by shortening

psych-

variant of psycho- before some vowels: psychasthenia.
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psych or psyche (saɪk)
 
vb
informal (tr) psych out See also psych up to psychoanalyse
 
[C20: shortened from psychoanalyse]
 
psyche or psyche
 
vb
 
[C20: shortened from psychoanalyse]

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psych
short for psychology in various senses; as an academic study, in student slang by 1895. The verb is generally negative when used transitively, positive when intransitive; first attested (also psych out) 1934 as "to outsmart," from 1963 as "to unnerve." However to psych (oneself) up is from 1972; to be
psyched up is attested from 1968.
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psych- pref.
Variant of psycho-.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
psych
psychoanalyze
psych.
  1. psychiatric

  2. psychiatry

  3. psychological

  4. psychologist

  5. psychology

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Example sentences
Pop psych lore is a bewildering mix of fact and fallacy.
No one outside jock psych seemed terribly interested in what made people screw
  up.
There were psych factors as well, but they were created by a loose money
  environment.
My husband is disabled, and the pain meds and psych meds sometimes leave him
  forgetful.
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