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 For example, if the bullying is not affecting your personal safety or livelihood, Sutton suggests trying to see the humor in it (sort of like picturing all those people in the audience naked to get over stage fright). Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "How to handle the adult bully in your life," 20 Sep. 2019 Barça were rattled by the goal, and a combination of Roma's wolfpack-esque ferocity with a raucous audience baying for blood left Europe's superstars with a touch of stage fright., "Roma 3-0 Barcelona: The Night Roma Rose From Their Ruins," 1 Nov. 2019 Brinkley-Cook, a strong dancer, had struggled with stage fright before each dance until Monday night. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Dancing With the Stars': 'Devastated' Christie Brinkley sobbed over Sailor's elimination," 22 Oct. 2019 Wilson is still gripped by stage fright before every concert and calms down only when the music commences. Herbert W. Strupp, National Review, "Something Great from ’68: Brian Wilson and the Zombies in Concert," 5 Oct. 2019 Along with anxiety about her size and persistent stage fright, Garland's personal life offered limited respite. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Tragic Final Months of Judy Garland's Life," 29 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of stage fright

1876, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jan 2020

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“Stage fright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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

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