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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.
Also, spaced.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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


  1. (also spaced or spacey or spacy) Stuporous from narcotic intoxication; in a daze: queerly bashful, shy, respectful, or spaced-out/ with very spaced-out movements, examines the parts of her body/ You get into a trance, spaced, makin' plans
  2. Crazy or eccentric; nutty: the teacher, a spacey and sweetly strange spinster/ He is not spaced-out, a point he makes clear in his new book

[1968+; probably fr black usage space or space out, ''go, depart,'' reinforced by the notion of distance and remoteness in outer space and by the notion of blanks, gaps, and spaces in an otherwise sane and reasonable train of thought, speech, etc]

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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