hyperalert

adjective hy·per·alert \ ˌhī-pər-ə-ˈlərt \
variants: or hyper-alert

Definition of hyperalert

: extremely or excessively alert
  • Jarrett was exhausted, after weeks on the campaign trail, but hyperalert, watching the wider terrain, observing all comers, while always keeping an eye on Obama.
  • —Ron Suskind
  • Symptoms of PTSD can include insomnia, irritability, being hyperalert to danger or feeling on edge.
  • —Phyllis Furman

hyperalertness

or hyper-alertness noun
    • Type A people showed the overt behavioral syndrome or style of living characterized by "extremes of competitiveness, striving for achievement, restlessness, hyper-alertness, explosiveness of speech …".
    • The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology

First Known Use of hyperalert

1941

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Medical Dictionary

hyperalert

adjective hy·per·alert \ ˌhī-pər-ə-ˈlərt \

medical Definition of hyperalert

: extremely or excessively alert
  • Symptoms of PTSD can include insomnia, irritability, being hyperalert to danger or feeling on edge.
  • —Phyllis Furman, The Daily News (New York)1 Mar. 2012

hyperalertness

noun

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