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

Definition of hysterics

: a fit of uncontrollable laughter or crying

Examples of hysterics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While critics were divided, the audience was in hysterics. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 Earlier this month, a tree branch moving slightly in the wind at a Christmas tree farm sent him into hysterics. jsonline.com, 29 Apr. 2022 Don't Look Up or Nightmare Alley, which boil familiar genre tropes into big-budget hysterics. Darren Franich, EW.com, 16 Mar. 2022 And while competing on the slope, she was photographed eating jiucai hezi, a Chinese pocket pie, and a roast pork bun, sending social media into hysterics each time. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 While Dreyfus could make a Grecian bust explode into hysterics, Chlumsky had the arguably more challenging job of coming off as the most competent woman in the room, even when Amy was anything but. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 10 Feb. 2022 The shot sent the crowd into hysterics and sent Nuggets reserve Davon Reed sprinting off the bench, too, mistakenly believing the game was over – drawing a technical foul, which pulled the Clippers within two points. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Thorne delivered an in-stride strike to Reed on the 35 for a 75-yard touchdown, sending the crowd into immediate hysterics, just as Walker did with his run 13 seconds in last week. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 12 Sep. 2021 Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark could only toss the ball in disgust as Q2 Stadium’s green LED lights strobed, beer flew and its south stand erupted into hysterics. Kyle Pinnell For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hysterics

1664, in the meaning defined above

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“Hysterics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysterics. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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.


noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
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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