A sketchy verb

September 13, 2012|By John E. McIntyre | The Baltimore Sun

Not having much opportunity to hear how the Young People talk (my Loyola students tend toward taciturnity), I was intrigued to hear a new usage this morning on the campus shuttle bus. 

"Did you see that crazy guy on the sidewalk? I was really sketched out by that," I overheard a young woman say. 

I surmise that to be sketched out is extended from the vogue for sketchy, which Merriam-Webster lists as meaning "questionable" or "iffy," as in the phrase "a sketchy character." 

Anyone else encounter this?

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