The definition of neurotic is someone who is excessively anxious.
An example of a neurotic person is someone who becomes paralyzed with fear after reading world events in the newspaper.
- Of, relating to, or affected with a neurosis. No longer used in psychiatric diagnosis. See Usage Note at neurosis.
- Informal Overanxious: neurotic about punctuality.
- A person suffering from a neurosis. No longer used in psychiatric diagnosis.
- Informal A person who is chronically anxious.
- A person who has a neurosis
- The machine is quite eloquent, but I would be concerned by the needy and slightly neurotic tone.
- Donne was now in weak health, and in a highly neurotic condition.
- The breathing becomes shallow, the drug killing, like nearly all neurotic poisons (alcohol, morphia, prussic acid, &c.), by paralysis of the respiratory centre, and the patient dying in a state of coma.
- Impure beverages induce all the graver neurotic and visceral disorders in alcoholism; and, like fusel oil, furfurol and the essence of absinthe, are convulsent poisons.
- It is believed that his disease was a malarial form of recurrent quinsy acting upon an extremely neurotic system.