neurotic

1 of 2

adjective

neu·​rot·​ic nu̇-ˈrä-tik How to pronounce neurotic (audio)
nyu̇-
: of, relating to, constituting, or affected with neurosis (see neurosis)
neurotically adverb

neurotic

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noun

1
: one affected with a neurosis (see neurosis)
2
: an emotionally unstable individual

Examples of neurotic in a Sentence

Adjective This most fastidious of pianists sounds anything but neurotic when he plays Mozart. Richard Coles, Times Literary Supplement, 15 Nov. 2002
Maybe it's because novelists don't talk much about each other. Maybe this is because novelists secrete a certain BO which only other novelists detect, like certain buzzards who emit a repellent pheromone detectable only by other buzzards, which is to say that only a novelist can know how neurotic, devious, underhanded a novelist can be. Walker Percy, "An Interview With Zoltán Abádi-Nagy," 1987, in Signposts in a Strange Land1991
In our own time, the most perfect examples of such biography … are the matchless case-histories of Freud. Freud here shows, with absolute clarity, that the on-going nature of neurotic illness and its treatment cannot be displayed except by biography. Oliver Sacks, Awakenings, (1973) 1990
The psychiatrist diagnosed the patient as neurotic. My neurotic mother scolded me for staying out 10 minutes past curfew. He is neurotic about his job. Noun More than any rebirth, one senses in the England of 1911 a civilization's unconscious death wish, vividly present in the author's glimpses of the poet Rupert Brooke, that squeaky-clean neurotic, a casualty waiting to happen. Thomas Mallon, New York Times Book Review, 27 May 2007
As a claustrophobe—perhaps the only kind of neurotic out of place in New York—I find nothing in the city more terrifying than a stalled subway car. John Tierney, New York Times Magazine, 19 Mar. 1995
You are too much something for a tubercular neurotic who can only be jealous and mean and perverse. F. Scott Fitzgerald, letter, 2 Dec. 1939
He was diagnosed as a neurotic. He is a neurotic about keeping his clothes neat.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Bert Lahr's screen test Bert Lahr was a vaudeville star famous for playing anxious and neurotic comic characters. Jeff Labrecque, EW.com, 17 June 2024 And all these little things that actors get neurotic over. Envelope Staff, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2024
Noun
MacInnes’ neurotic Daisy dreams of agency but is hopelessly caught between two narcissists using her to satisfy their own egos. Bob Verini, Variety, 14 June 2024 In her debut novel, Zaher draws a Venn diagram of the glamorously neurotic and the politically oppressed, then sets her protagonist spinning in that maddening little overlap. Anusha Praturu, Vulture, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for neurotic 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

neur(osis) + -otic entry 1

Noun

derivative of neurotic entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1866, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of neurotic was in 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Neurotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neurotic. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

neurotic

1 of 2 adjective
neu·​rot·​ic n(y)u̇-ˈrät-ik How to pronounce neurotic (audio)
: of, relating to, being, or affected with neurosis
neurotically adverb

neurotic

2 of 2 noun
1
: a person affected with a neurosis
2
: an emotionally unstable person

Medical Definition

neurotic

1 of 2 adjective
neu·​rot·​ic n(y)u̇-ˈrät-ik How to pronounce neurotic (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or involving the nerves
a neurotic disorder
b
: being a neurosis : nervous
a neurotic disease
2
: affected with, relating to, or characterized by neurosis
a neurotic person
neurotically adverb

neurotic

2 of 2 noun
1
: one affected with a neurosis
2
: an emotionally unstable individual
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