What does hysterical mean?

Definitions for hystericalhɪˈstɛr ɪ kəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hysterical.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hysteric, hysterical(adj)

    characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria

    "during hysterical conditions various functions of the human body are disordered"- Morris Fishbein; "hysterical amnesia"

  2. hysterical(adj)

    marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion

    "hysterical laughter"; "a mob of hysterical vigilantes"


  1. Hysterical(a.)

    In a state of panic or behaving in a wild irrational manner, due to fear or emotional trauma.

  2. Hysterical(a.)

    Resembling hysteria; as, hysterical laughter.

  3. Origin: [L. hystericus, Gr. , fr. "yste`ra the womb; perh. akin to latter, later, and E. utter, out.]


  1. hysterical(Adjective)

    Of, or arising from hysteria.

  2. hysterical(Adjective)

    Having, or prone to having hysterics.

  3. hysterical(Adjective)

    Provoking uncontrollable laughter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hysterical(adj)

    of or pertaining to hysteria; affected, or troubled, with hysterics; convulsive, fitful

  2. Origin: [L. hystericus, Gr. , fr. "yste`ra the womb; perh. akin to latter, later, and E. utter, out.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hysterical in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hysterical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Allen Ginsberg:

    I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.

  2. Harry S Truman:

    If you tell Congress everything about the world situation, they get hysterical. If you tell them nothing, they go fishing.

  3. Chris Tells All:

    You went from hysterical to just laughing, during the panic attack, the only way I could harness my thoughts was to focus on humor.

  4. Filmmaker Leslee Udwin:

    Those early, hysterical, knee-jerk reactions in India were from people who had not seen the film. There was no copy of the film at that point.

  5. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan:

    When I got on the Court I went to Justice Scalia, i told him the whole story and I said this is the only promise I made in 82 office visits. He thought it was hysterical.

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