What does spacing mean?

Not paying attention

If someone is spacing, it means they're not focused or paying attention. This slang term is meant to evoke the image of someone staring off into space, with no regard for what's going on around them.

Most often, people use spacing when explaining that they weren't paying attention (to you or someone else). People who use spacing this way may also use the phrase spaced out, which means roughly the same thing.


I was totally spacing during class today. Can I borrow your notes?
Sure, I'll bring them over later

A man who was definitely just spacing

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Updated November 1, 2023

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