hys·​ter·​ics | \ hi-ˈster-iks How to pronounce hysterics (audio) \

Definition of hysterics

: a fit of uncontrollable laughter or crying

First Known Use of hysterics

1721, in the meaning defined above

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“Hysterics.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysterics. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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hysterics

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of hysterics

: uncontrolled laughter, crying, or extreme emotion : a fit of hysteria

hysterics

noun plural
hys·​ter·​ics | \ hi-ˈster-iks How to pronounce hysterics (audio) \

Kids Definition of hysterics

: an outburst of uncontrollable laughing or crying
Hint: Hysterics can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.
hys·​ter·​ics | \ -ˈter-iks How to pronounce hysterics (audio) \

Medical Definition of hysterics

: a fit of uncontrollable laughter or crying : hysteria

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