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Syllabification: hys·ter·i·cal
Pronunciation: /həˈsterək(ə)l

Definition of hysterical in English:


1Deriving from or affected by uncontrolled extreme emotion: hysterical laughter the band was mobbed by hysterical fans
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  • And as he watched her in confusion, Shelley's chuckle turned into an uncontrollable, hysterical fit of laughter.
  • Approach this end room and the first thing noticed will be the hysterical, uncontrollable laughter.
  • The young woman had crying fits, which were interspersed with screams and bursts of hysterical laughter.
beside oneself, driven to distraction, distraught, agitated, berserk, manic, delirious, unhinged, deranged, out of one's mind, raving
informal in a state
1.1 informal Extremely funny: her attempts to teach them to dance were hysterical
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  • How did this role come to you, this very funny, hysterical gun moll role?
  • For the show, a group of puppeteers steps in and performs these calls with some very funny looking puppets on hysterical sets.
  • Extreme gore and hysterical pratfalls all combine in a truly memorable mix.
hilarious, uproarious, very funny, very amusing, comical, farcical
informal hysterically funny, priceless, side-splitting, rib-tickling, gut-busting, knee-slapping, thigh-slapping, a scream, a hoot, a barrel of laughs
dated killing
2 Psychiatry Relating to, associated with, or suffering from hysteria: the doctor thinks the condition is partly hysterical
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  • So I may be a cynical, hysterical, psychotic, twisted masochist.
  • Such a figure is literally and etymologically hysterical, as it is excessively feminized; it is also psychoanalytically hysterical.
  • Although Halle is not around to encounter Beloved, he too suffers trauma and exhibits hysterical symptoms.
2.1 another term for histrionic (denoting personality disorder).



[as submodifier]: isn’t it hysterically funny?
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  • But I mention it because the presenters seemed to think the very idea of blogging was hysterically funny.
  • I have just had the most hysterically funny response to my last post, thank you bubblehead.
  • She was crying hysterically and trying frantically to wipe the food off her face.

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