Definition of hysterical in English:


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


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.
overwrought, overemotional, out of control, frenzied, frantic, wild, feverish, crazed; 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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