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 Mercury’s alignment with Chiron triggers stage fright, but applause is on the other side of this trial! USA TODAY, 6 May 2024 As a recent graduate student, the prospect of applying for jobs fills me with a great deal of anxiety, especially because of my struggles with stage fright and a tendency to stutter when faced with questions. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 Rather than embark on another massive world tour to promote 30, Adele — who has been open about her struggles with stage fright in the past — opted to stay put in Las Vegas instead after wrapping up the outing for her 25 release in 2017. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 29 Jan. 2024 Unfortunately, Athena, who suffers from stage fright, didn't give them much to work with. Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 Adding to that, Hader (who, in reality, suffered from debilitating stage fright on the show) was every bit the glue Hartman was, his precise and steady comic rhythm and timing the unwavering metronome that sketch after sketch played along to. Dennis Perkins,, 14 Dec. 2023 As Kane recently told Jennifer Hudson, the two-year-old already has a bit of stage fright. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 4 Mar. 2024 According to a Facebook post announcing the duo’s participation, Carter auditioned for Open Call to help her mom with her stage fright. Julia Daye, Sacramento Bee, 26 Feb. 2024 Adele has discussed her battles with stage fright and admittedly doesn’t have easy relationship with full-scale touring. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stage fright was in 1876

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“Stage fright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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stage fright

: nervousness felt at appearing before an audience
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