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 any introverted artist suffering from press and/or stage fright, the ongoing pandemic has offered unexpected respite -- and perhaps even an opportunity to release music without being required (or able) to do much else. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "25 Things We'd Like to See Happen in 2021," 14 Jan. 2021 Mindy has some serious stage fright, but with some help from her family and friends, and hard work practicing, Mindy takes on her biggest challenge yet! Ciarra Chavarria, NBC News, "Holiday gift guide: 10 amazing books to inspire young girls to know their value," 3 Dec. 2020 In some cases, maybe some of the young guys have stage fright. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Texas A&M-Mississippi State live stream (10/17): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 17 Oct. 2020 Van Halen the man soldiered on, but the endless soap opera must have worn on a soul who for decades followed his alcoholic father’s advice to drink and smoke away stage fright and performance jitters. Will Collier, National Review, "The Virtuosity and Creativity of Van Halen," 7 Oct. 2020 One challenge of the remote training program was helping the contestants overcome stage fright, Capella said. Fabiola SÁnchez, Star Tribune, "Pageant powerhouse Venezuela to hold virtual beauty contest," 24 Sep. 2020 Carreño Busta didn't need to be much more than solid in the first two sets as Zverev, playing not far from Broadway, appeared to be suffering from stage fright. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Alexander Zverev reaches first Grand Slam final after a comeback win at US Open," 12 Sep. 2020 The movie follows Violet (played by Piper Perabo), a young woman with a case of stage fright, who leaves her dad and waitressing job at a pizza parlor in New Jersey to pursue her dream of being a songwriter in New York City. Irina Grechko,, "An Ode To Coyote Ugly, The Ultimate ‘00s Fashion Movie," 4 Aug. 2020 Sounds a lot like the bar where Piper Perabo finally overcame her stage fright. Olivia Harrison,, "All About The Real Coyote Ugly Saloon," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of stage fright

1876, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2021

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“Stage fright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stage fright

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

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