Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Highly or excessively active: a hyperactive thyroid gland.
  • adj. Having behavior characterized by overactivity.
  • adj. Having attention deficit disorder. Not in scientific use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having an increased state of activity
  • adj. having attention deficit disorder (no longer used by the scientific community)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exhibiting hyperactivity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. more active than normal

Etymologies

hyper- +‎ active (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An excellent study in the prestigious medical journal Lancet found that children in general, and not just those suffering from attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can become more impulsive, inattentive, and hyperactive from the cocktail of artificial extras found in drinks, sweets, and processed foods.

    Maria Rodale: What's All This Food Coloring Good For?

  • His insights came in hyperactive bursts between sips from a quart-sized plastic coffee mug.

    The Plane That Would Bomb Iran

  • It’s fine roaming around the room in hyperactive fashion when its your own company (ala Steve Jobs) but it is not OK when you are a 25-year-old consultant to the CEO of a Fortune 50 company.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Yeah, That’s Me All Right

  • "If it were a child we would call it hyperactive; if it were a patient we would diagnose it with bipolar disorder; if it were a trader we would fire it for overtrading," wrote Ilan Solot , a London-based economist at Brown Brothers Harriman.

    Brazil Adds Stimulus to Series of Policy Reversals

  • As Dennett points out, even the simplest animals have what psychologist Justin Barrett in an article in Trends of Cognitive Science 4 2000:29-34, "Exploring the Natural Foundations of Religion," calls a hyperactive agent detection device, or HADD.

    Victor Stenger: Shit Happened

  • It lets you run around during the opening credits if you're feeling hyperactive, which is cute.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • When a patient is conscious, the symptoms of so-called hyperactive delirium are more obvious, such as agitation, inattention and combativeness.

    Hospitals Combat an Insidious Complication

  • Peers will label the hyperactive child a troublemaker because his erratic and disruptive behavior often angers adults and results in restrictions upon the entire group.

    It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend

  • But even all the legitimate causes still probably account for only a minority of so-called hyperactive kids.

    You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!

  • While there is a minute percentage of kids who could be considered truly hyperactive in the sense that some neurological or physical problem underlies their behavior, the vast majority of so-called hyperactive kids have no such identifiable problem.

    You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.