Hysterical meaning

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The definition of hysterical is laughing or crying for a long time or something that is extremely funny.

An example of hysterical used as an adjective is the phrase a "hysterical child," which means a child who has been crying for hours.

An example of hysterical used as an adjective is the phrase a "hysterical joke" which means a joke that has the audience laughing a lot.

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(psychiatry) Relating to hysteria. No longer in clinical use.
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Exhibiting spasmodic, uncontrolled emotion.

Became hysterical when the airplane lurched; hysterical laughter.

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Of, or arising from hysteria.
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Having or subject to hysteria.
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(informal) Extremely funny.

Told a hysterical story.

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Of, characterized by, or arising from hysteria. No longer in clinical use.
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Of or characteristic of hysteria.
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Having, or prone to having hysterics.
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Laughing or crying for a prolonged period of time.

The children were hysterical during the thunderstorm.

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Origin of hysterical

  • From hysteric +‎ -al, from Latin hystericus, from Ancient Greek ὑστερικός (husterikos, “suffering in the womb, hysterical”), from ὑστερά (hustera, “womb”).

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