from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is considered clumsy or inept.
- intransitive v. To be clumsy or inept.
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- n. A stupid person.
- n. A hyperactive person.
- n. An incompetent person.
- n. A tantrum, a fit.
- v. To have a tantrum or fit.
- v. To malfunction, go on the fritz.
I'm not sure whose side I'm on in this case ... spaz is saying spaz in the uk like saying bomb on an airplane? theJOker
Hmm, over here in the UK, a spaz is someone mentally and physically handicapped.
For the reader who asked about American usage of the word "spaz"
We had an interesting situation on a message board I use when an American used the term 'spaz', which they subsequently described as a casual term, non-offensive and widely-used in their culture.
Maybe the thing you most object to about Goebells is that he was a 'spaz'?
UPDATE: Apology and recognition that "spaz" isn't considered offensive in the United States.
After one song, I overheard somebody dismissing them as "some kind of spaz band".
So if you’ve ever been called a spaz, or a dork, or a geek.
When an amateur jock - whether he's President of the United States or your friendly UPS driver from the neighborhood - says he played like a "spaz," as we used to say, or physically handicapped, he implies no harm nor foul.
Lastly, I had the screen "spaz" on me once or twice when the ball was in-play.