American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Acute nervousness associated with performing or speaking before an audience.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nervousness experienced on facing an audience, especially for the first time.
- n. uncountable A state of nervousness about performing some action in front of a group of people, on or off of a stage; nerves; uncertainty; a lack of self-assurance before an audience.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Nervousness felt before an audience.
- n. fear that affects a person about to face an audience
- stage + fright (Wiktionary)
“So probably it was stage fright that made the hairs rise on my spine, and Maxie wasn't helping matters by urging me to admire what he called my hot-seat at the centre of the room, which at first sight looked about as inviting as an electric chair, but on closer inspection turned out to be an ancient recliner with cables taped up the side of it, and a headset, and a kind of hospital bed-tray with shorthand pads laid out, and A4 paper, and pre-sharpened HB pencils, and a walkie-talkie cradled on the armrest; and on the other arm a console with numbers on it which I was not slow to realise corresponded with the numbers on the tape recorders.”
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