hy·​per·​ac·​tive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce hyperactive (audio) \

Definition of hyperactive

1 : affected with or exhibiting hyperactivity broadly : more active than is usual or desirable
2 : intricately or elaborately designed or detailed

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hyperactive noun

Examples of hyperactive in a Sentence

the skyrocketing price of oil resulted in a wildly fluctuating, hyperactive stock market hyperactive children who are in dire need of a guardian with a firm hand

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The stereotypical presentation of a child with ADHD used to involve a hyperactive boy running around and disrupting class. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Are So Many More Children Being Diagnosed With ADHD Today?," 24 Sep. 2018 And over the years, there’s been a growing awareness that there is a neurological basis for the attention issues and hyperactive, impulsive behaviors associated with the disorder. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Kids who start kindergarten young are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," 17 Dec. 2018 Her hyperactive black-and-white writing flashes on mobile LED screens, with text popping in the awful rapid fire of semiautomatic weapons. Allie Holloway, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Chadwick, Laura Dern, & Diane Kruger Fight for Gun Violence Prevention," 20 Feb. 2019 The remote and its voice command abilities are fine, even if its motion controls can be hyperactive at times. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 Yet even for a puppy, Phoebe seemed hyperactive — running, sliding, and skidding around Dr. Berman's examining room floor. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014 Lethem is in an absurdist, hyperactive mode here, piling contemporary social anxieties on top of a ragged vision of frontier living, and if the results are mixed, the novel is nevertheless packed with surprises and vivid, apocalyptic tableaux. Vogue, "Need a New Read? Here Are the 4 Books We’re Loving Right Now," 15 Nov. 2018 Making It has an almost manic, hyperactive pleasantness. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Making It Is for Taking Care of Yourself Responsibly," 14 Aug. 2018 Students who reported often experiencing 6 or more inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were found to be ADHD symptom-positive, according to JAMA. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "Alarming study shows link between digital media use and ADHD," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of hyperactive

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hyperactive

: extremely active or too active


hy·​per·​ac·​tive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce hyperactive (audio) \

Kids Definition of hyperactive

: extremely or overly active


hy·​per·​ac·​tive | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈrak-tiv How to pronounce hyperactive (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperactive

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: affected with or exhibiting hyperactivity Scientists suspect in certain genetically susceptible people, the immune cells remain hyperactive long after the infectious agent has been cleared from the body.— Kathy Fackelmann, Science News, 23 Oct. 1993 A growing number of parents suspect that the powerful stimulant Ritalin—long prescribed for its paradoxically tranquilizing effect on hyperactive children—has become a convenience for teachers seeking quiet classrooms … — David Gates. Newsweek, 23 Nov. 1987 broadly : more active than is usual or desirable



Medical Definition of hyperactive (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual who is hyperactive

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