hysterical

adjective hys·ter·i·cal \ hi-ˈster-i-kəl \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of hysterical

1 : of, relating to, or marked by hysteria
  • hysterical conditions
2 : feeling or showing extreme and unrestrained emotion
  • hysterical fans
  • … the paper did not hesitate to appeal to racial passions in hysterical headlines and rabid editorials.
  • The New Yorker
3 informal : very funny
  • a hysterical movie/joke

hysterically

play \hi-ˈster-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of hysterical

1650


HYSTERICAL Defined for Kids

hysterical

adjective hys·ter·i·cal \ hi-ˈster-i-kəl \

Definition of hysterical for Students

1 : feeling or showing extreme and uncontrolled emotion
  • hysterical laughter
  • … the sight of blood really makes him hysterical.
  • —Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control
2 : very funny
  • Your joke was hysterical.

hysterically

adverb
  • laugh hysterically

Medical Dictionary

hysterical

adjective hys·ter·i·cal \ -ˈter-i-kəl \
variants: also hysteric play \-ˈter-ik\

medical Definition of hysterical

: of, relating to, or marked by hysteria
  • during hysterical conditions various functions of the human body are disordered
  • —Morris Fishbein

hysterically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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