from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Laughing or crying for a prolonged period of time.
- adjective Informal Extremely funny.
- adjective Of, characterized by, or arising from hysteria. No longer in clinical use.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Same as
hysteric, and the more common form.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective colloq. Extremely funny.
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- adjective Of, or arising from
- adjective Having, or
proneto having hysterics.
- adjective Provoking
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
- adjective characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria
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Some of the little folks we watch grow up to be young women, and occasionally one of them gets nervous, what we call hysterical, and then that girl will begin to play all sorts of pranks, -- to lie and cheat, perhaps, in the most unaccountable way, so that she might seem to a minister a good example of total depravity.
The mental benefits to children of all ages through the contact with animals by far exceed the dangers of what I call a hysterical reaction.
I find the term hysterical, and personally, I don’t think we use it nearly enough here in the colonies.
Only slightly less hysterical is his description of why the city has an urban renewal agency:
I was at the airport, in hysterical tears, heartbroken, knowing that she was just too sick to make it through my 20 hour plane ride.
Following thanks to Janet Reid, just collapsed in hysterical laughter from the start.
You should have inserted a pause right there to give the audience time to collapse in hysterical laughter.
Enjoy the crowned oneâ€ ™ s antics in hysterical tales as he gets mixed up with weird science experiments, football foul-ups, and his cousin, Souphead!
Stranger still, the root of hysterical is the same as the root of hysterectomy: huster, from the Greek, for womb.
As the anchor was hanging up on her, Brenda was in hysterical tears and pleading for her life.