Definition of space cadet in English:

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space cadet

Pronunciation: /spās kəˈdet/

noun

1A trainee astronaut.
Example sentences
  • Hey, I'm not gonna have my future space cadet be late for training.
  • White teeth, square jaws and perfectly coiffed tresses are the order of the day for both sexes in this film, as a group of brave youngsters sign up to become elite space cadets and save their world.
1.1An enthusiast for space travel, typically a young person.
Example sentences
  • For those space cadets who, like myself, witnessed the event on television, the spirit of those pioneers will live on, whatever the fallout from the latest tragedy.
1.2 informal A person perceived as out of touch with reality, as though high on drugs.
Example sentences
  • Sometimes she could be a little bit of a space cadet, but that was only because of her attention deficit disorder, which was kept in check by the meds supplied by her mother every morning when she woke up.
  • But Ashley is still the space cadet that we know and love.
  • He's a total space cadet if he thinks we can track down a fictitious character.

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Syllabification: space ca·det

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