hyperactive

[ hahy-per-ak-tiv ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈæk tɪv /

adjective

unusually or abnormally active: a company's hyperactive growth; the child's hyperactive imagination.
(of children) displaying exaggerated physical activity sometimes associated with neurologic or psychologic causes.

Nearby words

  1. hyper,
  2. hyper-,
  3. hyperaccumulator,
  4. hyperacidity,
  5. hyperaction,
  6. hyperactivity,
  7. hyperacusis,
  8. hyperadenosis,
  9. hyperadiposis,
  10. hyperadrenocorticalism

Origin of hyperactive

First recorded in 1865–70; hyper- + active

Related formshy·per·ac·tion [hahy-per-ak-shuh n] /ˌhaɪ pərˈæk ʃən/, nounhy·per·ac·tive·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for hyperactive

hyperactive

/ (ˌhaɪpərˈæktɪv) /

adjective

abnormally active
Derived Formshyperaction, nounhyperactivity, noun

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Word Origin and History for hyperactive

hyperactive

adj.

1852, from hyper- + active.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for hyperactive

hyperactive

[ hī′pər-ăktĭv ]

adj.

Highly or excessively active, as a gland.
Having behavior characterized by constant overactivity.
Afflicted with attention deficit disorder.

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