stage fright


Definition of stage fright

: nervousness felt at appearing before an audience

Examples of stage fright in a Sentence

She got over her stage fright by the second act. I get stage fright whenever I have to speak in front of a large group of people.
Recent Examples on the Web Many actors experience a touch of stage fright at the moment of going onstage. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our melodious English language is music to our ears," 31 Aug. 2019 This was a man who had admirers in the millions and the power to make U2 do his bidding, and yet still experienced stage fright and loneliness on the road. Zachary Lewis,, "Fuller picture of opera star emerges from Ron Howard’s ‘Pavarotti’ (review)," 17 June 2019 Belting out tunes in the street and playing his guitar eventually helped Alejandro get over his fear of stage fright. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What 'American Idol' Didn't Tell You About Alejandro Aranda’s Past," 15 Apr. 2019 The fact that Cabello actually grew up to be a singer, however, still seems pretty miraculous because, for most of her childhood, Cabello suffered from intense stage fright. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "The Other Side of Camila Cabello," 14 Nov. 2018 The age-old advice of overcoming stage fright is to picture everybody in their underwear. Robert Cocuzzo, Town & Country, "Ahem, Is Thing Thing On? A Gentleman's Guide to Best Man Speeches," 25 Apr. 2016 Standing offstage, Victor Manuel Ruiz, age 17 and wearing braces, practically trembled with stage fright. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Victor Manuelle Talks Spicing Up His Salsa on '25/7' With Latin Urban Sounds," 26 Mar. 2018 The Warriors certainly didn’t suffer from stage fright. Mark Schmetzer,, "Glory Days: Goshen baseball loomed large, delivered a 1958 state championship," 10 May 2018 But Cardi used a common stage fright technique of picking a blank spot in the crowd. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "9 Takeaways From Cardi B's Beats 1 Interview," 6 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stage fright.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stage fright

1876, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stage fright

Statistics for stage fright

Last Updated

24 Sep 2019

Time Traveler for stage fright

The first known use of stage fright was in 1876

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stage fright

stage fright


English Language Learners Definition of stage fright

: a nervous feeling felt by someone who is going to appear in front of an audience

More from Merriam-Webster on stage fright

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stage fright

Spanish Central: Translation of stage fright

Comments on stage fright

What made you want to look up stage fright? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to speed up the process or progress of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • pasta resembling wheels with spokes
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!