She told a scary ghost story to psych out her friends.
- Psych is defined as to put someone in the right frame of mind to do something.
An example of psych is a dance teacher encouraging a student before a performance.
- Psych means to intimidate or scare someone.
An example of psych is telling ghost stories around a camp fire.
transitive verbpsyched, psych′ing
- to cause to be disturbed mentally or excited emotionally: often with up
- to understand the motives or behavior of by intuition or psychological means
- to intimidate or outwit: often with out
- to prepare (oneself or someone) psychologically: usually with up
Origin of psychshortened from psychoanalyze
also psyche Informal
verbpsyched, psych·ing, psyches
- a. To put into the right psychological frame of mind: The coach psyched the team before the game.b. To excite emotionally: The children were psyched to see the circus.
- To undermine the confidence of by psychological means; intimidate: “Depending on whose personality is stronger, one can more easily psych the other” ( Harold C. Schonberg )
- a. To analyze, solve, or comprehend.b. To anticipate or guess the intentions of: “Most others could never approach [his] ability … to psyche out the opposition's thinking so consistently” ( Steven Brill )
- Informal To analyze and treat by psychoanalysis.
(third-person singular simple present psychs, present participle psyching, simple past and past participle psyched)