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[hahy-per] /ˈhaɪ pər/ Informal.
overexcited; overstimulated; keyed up.
seriously or obsessively concerned; fanatical; rabid:
She's hyper about noise pollution.
a person who is hyper.
Origin of hyper1
First recorded in 1970-75; probably independent use of hyper-


[hahy-per] /ˈhaɪ pər/
noun, Informal.
a person who promotes or publicizes events, people, etc., especially one who uses flamboyant or questionable methods; promoter; publicist.
1910-15, Americanism, for an earlier sense; hype1 + -er1


a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “over,” usually implying excess or exaggeration (hyperbole); on this model used, especially as opposed to hypo-, in the formation of compound words (hyperthyroid).
Compare super-.
Greek, representing hypér over, above; cognate with Latin super (see super-); akin to over
Can be confused
hyper-, hypo-. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hyper
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  • I know what it's like to be three thousand hours in hyper, myself.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • We could hyper, of course, but we were blind up there in Cth.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • It led naturally to the employment of hyper- in the inverse sense, viz.

    The Modes of Ancient Greek Music David Binning Monro
  • Why is it then that, at this moment, I feel inclined to be hyper critical and disparaging?

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • You give me a quarter on hyper and we'll go right through that planet!

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for hyper


(informal) overactive; overexcited
Word Origin
C20: probably independent use of hyper-


above, over, or in excess: hypercritical
(in medicine) denoting an abnormal excess: hyperacidity
indicating that a chemical compound contains a greater than usual amount of an element: hyperoxide
Word Origin
from Greek huper over
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Word Origin and History for hyper

1942 as a colloquial shortening of hyperactive.


word-forming element meaning "over, above, beyond, exceedingly, to excess," from Greek hyper (prep. and adv.) "over, beyond, overmuch, above measure," from PIE super- "over" (see super-).

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hyper in Medicine

hyper- pref.

  1. Over; above; beyond: hyperflexion.

  2. Excessive; excessively: hyperhydration.

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hyper in Science
A prefix that means "excessive" or "excessively," especially in medical terms like hypertension and hyperthyroidism.
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Slang definitions & phrases for hyper

hyper 1

n,n phr

A publicist; promoter; advertiser; flack

[1960+; fr hype2]

hyper 2


  1. Overexcited; manic; overwrought; hyped-up: She tells how the grownups gave her Nembutal when she was eight years old, because ''I was hyper''/ It's this flaky hyper hour/ She's a hyper-person, accustomed to constant activity (1942+)
  2. Exceeding most; very superior;: with harem cushions, a hyper-hi-fi set, ha-ha candles (1970s+)

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[fr Greek hyper, ''super,'' and in the first sense probably fr medical terms like hyperactive, hyperkinetic, hyperthyroid, etc; in some sources this term is associated with hipped and hippish, fr hypochondriac, ''melancholic,'' first found in the early 18th century]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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