Definition of hysterical in English:

hysterical

adjective

  • 1Affected by or deriving from wildly uncontrolled emotion.

    ‘Janet became hysterical and began screaming’
    ‘the band were mobbed by hysterical fans’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Touched by his affection and feeling overly emotional, I become hysterical.’
    • ‘In the back of her mind, a bubble of hysterical laughter began to grow.’
    • ‘Then a wild, almost hysterical gale of laughter burst from her.’
    • ‘My sobs were uncontrollable, hysterical almost.’
    • ‘Both are seen as nervous, emotional, almost hysterical men.’
    • ‘There was no need to act like some hysterical, emotional nutcase.’
    • ‘He became emotional and hysterical, as he sometimes does.’
    • ‘For others, the word joy did just what was it was told, making the victim hysterical and pretty much uncontrollably giddy.’
    • ‘My soft chuckles soon turned into uncontrollable and hysterical laughing.’
    • ‘She wasn't emotionally disabled or hysterical but in these day she used to cry almost all the time.’
    • ‘‘Hi everyone, this is Budi,’ she announced, making a real effort not to trip and break out into hysterical laughter.’
    • ‘Wyman concedes it's rare, nowadays, for new bands to be greeted by hysterical fans at the airport, the way the Stones were in the '60s.’
    • ‘But the mirth is fleeting and the hysterical laughter, I suspect, is triggered more by nervous tension than by a wicked sense of humour.’
    • ‘But then I read the whole thing through and I just sat there for ten minutes in hysterical laughter - he had pulled it off!’
    • ‘Then the corners of her mouth began to curl upward, and a moment later, hysterical laughter was bubbling from her chest.’
    • ‘Recently, hysterical fans of the Taiwanese boys' band, F4, caused a great sensation in Shanghai.’
    • ‘But no sooner had the match gone into the second period than the moans were replaced by smiles and later by hysterical laughter.’
    overwrought, emotional, uncontrolled, uncontrollable, out of control, unrestrained, unrestrainable, frenzied, in a frenzy, frantic, wild, feverish
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    1. 1.1informal Extremely funny.
      ‘her attempts to teach them to dance were hysterical’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Start off with a funny thing that happened to you that day or something hysterical you just saw on TV.’
      • ‘Some people find it side-splittingly hysterical; I didn't, but I did find it to be entertainingly funny.’
      • ‘More of their side-splitting, hysterical brand of humour which at times threatened to bring the house down.’
      • ‘I knew this shouldn't have been funny, but right then I found it hysterical.’
      • ‘Filled with his patented dry wit and funny observations, this track often borders on hysterical.’
      • ‘She was extremely ticklish and it was absolutely hysterical watching her freak out.’
      • ‘As a hysterical parody, my bears comically evoke the carnivalesque.’
      hilarious, uproarious, very funny, very amusing, comical, comic, farcical
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  • 2Relating to or suffering from hysteria.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The last thing you want is a hysterical claustrophobe, suffering from a panic attack!’
    • ‘Convinced that Clay was suffering hysterical panic, the New York boxing writers urged the local commissioners to call off the fight.’
    • ‘This is the language of hysterical, demented brainwashing.’
    • ‘Furthermore, Freud placed the emphasis on the psychological mechanism of hysterical symptom formation.’
    • ‘Jiang doesn't soften his depiction of the chaotic, hysterical wartime mentality, when anything can happen, and the worst thing probably will.’
    • ‘It was as if he was trying to pacify a hysterical mental patient.’
    • ‘Others took the view that Plath was a hysterical self-dramatist, possibly psychopathic, and vastly overrated as a poet.’
    • ‘Karon and Widener then described what they identified as a typical combat hysterical neurosis.’
    • ‘Su-mi's mental state might be described as hysterical.’
    • ‘He thought I was in the midst of an hysterical fit, or that I had perhaps gone insane.’

Pronunciation

hysterical

/hɪˈstɛrɪk(ə)l/