hyperaggressive

adjective

hy·​per·​ag·​gres·​sive ˌhī-pər-ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce hyperaggressive (audio)
variants or hyper-aggressive
: extremely or excessively aggressive
a hyperaggressive sales agent
… the high-status prizes now go only to those willing to be hyperaggressive about doing what's necessary to achieve results.Kenneth Labich
hyperaggressively adverb
or hyper-aggressively
Genetically altered mice are scampering all over the place, losing weight, acting hyperaggressively. Linton Weeks
hyperaggressiveness noun
or hyper-aggressiveness
… the spotted hyena, famed for the hyperaggressiveness of the female member of the species. Natalie Angier

Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperaggressive was in 1940

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“Hyperaggressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperaggressive. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

hyperaggressive

adjective
hy·​per·​ag·​gres·​sive ˌhī-pə-rə-ˈgres-əv How to pronounce hyperaggressive (audio)
: extremely or excessively aggressive
hyperaggressive patients

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