- overexcited; overstimulated; keyed up.
- seriously or obsessively concerned; fanatical; rabid: She's hyper about noise pollution.
- a person who is hyper.
Origin of hyper1
- a person who promotes or publicizes events, people, etc., especially one who uses flamboyant or questionable methods; promoter; publicist.
Origin of hyper2
- 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).
Origin of hyper-
Examples from the Web for hyper
When the media show the hyper actions of these wannabe soldiers, public perception changes.Ferguson Shows a Nation at War With Itself
Roland S. Martin
August 16, 2014
American Atheist president Dan Silverman has written that “we must recognize the (hyper) religious as mentally damaged.”The Midichlorians Made Me Do It: Can Microbes Explain Religion?
August 10, 2014
“I think social media has really made us hyper attentive to this,” Guterl said.Why It’s Time to End Blackface, Finally
October 31, 2013
But Danny is so hyper that any learning is extremely difficult for him.As Scientists Race to Diagnose Babies, Autistic Kids, Families Suffer On
September 14, 2012
She was hyper cool, we even chatted with her and her friends.Photographer Chasing Pippa Speaks!
April 16, 2012
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
- informal overactive; overexcited
- above, over, or in excesshypercritical
- (in medicine) denoting an abnormal excesshyperacidity
- indicating that a chemical compound contains a greater than usual amount of an elementhyperoxide
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-).
- Over; above; beyond:hyperflexion.
- Excessive; excessively:hyperhydration.
- A prefix that means excessive or excessively, especially in medical terms like hypertension and hyperthyroidism.