See also: psych-






psych (countable and uncountable, plural psychs)

  1. Psychology or psychiatry.
    I took psych my freshman year in university.
  2. A psychologist; a psychiatrist.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 476:
      She had attended a conference of psychs at which he had presided and they had taken a fancy to each other.


psych (comparative more psych, superlative most psych)

  1. (informal) Psychedelic.
    curtains with psych colors
    a psych band; a psych album. Psych-rock and psych-folk music.
  2. (informal) Psychiatric.
    involuntarily committed to the psych ward


psych (third-person singular simple present psychs, present participle psyching, simple past and past participle psyched)

  1. (transitive, reflexive) To put (someone) into a required psychological frame of mind (also psych up).
    Hip hop always gets me psyched, so I put it on before a race.
  2. (transitive) To intimidate (someone) emotionally or using psychology (also psych out).
  3. (transitive, informal) To treat (someone) using psychoanalysis.

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  1. (slang) Indicating that one's preceding statement was false and that one has successfully fooled one's interlocutor.
    Synonym: sike
    Here, have fifty dollars. Psych! That was two dollars!
  2. (dated, slang) An interjection of surprised happiness.
    Psych! I just found my missing bracelet!

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