Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, characterized by, or arising from hysteria.
  • adj. Having or prone to having hysterics.
  • adj. Informal Extremely funny: told a hysterical story.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or arising from hysteria.
  • adj. Having, or prone to having hysterics.
  • adj. Provoking uncontrollable laughter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Extremely funny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as hysteric, and the more common form.

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

  • adj. marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
  • adj. characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria

Etymologies

From hysteric +‎ -al, from Latin hystericus, from Ancient Greek ὑστερικός (husterikos, "suffering in the womb, hysterical"), from ὑστερά (hustera, "womb"). (Wiktionary)

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  • I realize that this isn’t a humor site, but I had this material prepared for another purpose, and I thought that I’d share it here. These are three YouTube videos, all pretty funny in my estimation. Hopefully, at least one will be unfamiliar to you. The last two are a little ethnic, but I think – at least I hope - not offensive.

    You likely have always wondered what the hell lyrics Joe Cocker was singing to A Little Help From My Friends at Woodstock, because they sure as hell aren't the ones everybody else is singing. At last a transcript is available. If only John Belushi had lived to see it.

    Continuing in the same vein is this East Indian music video with somebody's interpretation of what the Hindu words sound like in English. This one's a keeper, too. For lack of a better name, here is “My Loony Bun Is Fine, Benny Lava�?

    Everybody likes hymns, and with the holidays fast approaching, what could be more timely and welcome. Here's O-mazing Grace (how sweet the sound!). Nobody's going to ever figure these lyrics out. It's bad from the beginning, but don't quit it early. OG teases us at 1:39 with a taste of what is to come, but he doesn’t really takes it up until 2:08. And stay for the riveting finale, beginning around 3:00! This is truly one of the worst musical performances ever, bar none. Truly awful, but stunningly funny.

    December 10, 2008

  • Funny v. terrified.

    May 24, 2008

  • A rather misogynistic term.

    May 22, 2008

  • Its funny because its uterus.

    December 1, 2006