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[speyst-out] /ˈspeɪstˈaʊt/
adjective, Slang.
dazed or stupefied because of the influence of narcotic drugs.
dreamily or eerily out of touch with reality or seemingly so; spacey.
Origin of spaced-out
1965-70, Americanism; on the pattern of phrasal verbs with out marking perfectivity; space apparently by association with “outer space” as, metaphorically, a place outside normal consciousness
Related forms
self-spaced, adjective
unspaced, adjective
well-spaced, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spaced-out
  • Its spaced-out layout allows more privacy for families, and the lodging is set more in nature.
  • Small wonder, perhaps, in an age when jetlagged musicians played spaced-out works with tedium engraved on their countenances.
  • They died, at tactfully spaced-out intervals, in the order of their births.
  • It is giving too much credit to antidepressants to claim they cause sudden calm and a spaced-out sense of mellow.
  • It's a rather spaced-out arrangement, shown in the text sketch below.
Slang definitions & phrases for spaced-out


v,v phr

To daydream; wool-gather; not attend to what one is doing: He'd space on calling, break plans with me to hang out with his friends (1968+ Teenagers)

Related Terms

space cadet

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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