from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by spasms: a spastic colon; a spastic form of cerebral palsy.
- adj. Affected by spastic paralysis.
- adj. Offensive Slang Clumsy or inept.
- n. A person affected with spastic paralysis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, relating to, or affected by spasm.
- adj. Of or relating to spastic paralysis.
- adj. Clumsy.
- adj. Hyperactive, excited, and acting in a random manner.
- n. A person affected by spastic paralysis or spastic cerebral palsy.
- n. A stupid, clumsy person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to spasm; spasmodic; especially, pertaining to tonic spasm; tetanic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In medicine, pertaining or relating to spasm; spasmodic: as, spastic contractions; spastic remedies.
- In zoology, convulsive, as an infusorian; of or pertaining to the Spastica.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
- adj. relating to or characterized by spasm
- n. a person suffering from spastic paralysis
- adj. suffering from spastic paralysis
Latin spasticus, from Greek spastikos, from spān, to pull.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin spasticus, from Ancient Greek σπαστικός (spastikos, "drawing in"). Confer French spastique and see also spasm. (Wiktionary)