Definition of


  1. (adj, all) marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
    a mob of hysterical vigilantes
  2. (adj, all) characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria
    hysterical amnesia

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Synonyms of Hysterical


Alternate forms of Hysterical

Derivations: hysteria

Origin of the word Hysterical

  1. 1610s, from L. hystericus "of the womb," from Gk. hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb" (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Meaning "very funny" (by 1939) is from the notion of uncontrollable fits of laughter. more

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Words that sound like Hysterical

historical, historically, hysterically

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