Usually hysterics. a fit of uncontrollable laughter or weeping; hysteria.
a person subject to hysteria.


Origin of hysteric

1650–60; < Latin hystericus < Greek hysterikós, suffering in the womb, hysterical (reflecting the Greeks' belief that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances in the uterus); see hystero-, -ic
Related formsan·ti·hys·ter·ic, noun, adjective
Can be confusedhysterics histrionics
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Historical Examples of hysteric

  • Gertrude bending over me in hysteric screams—so they told me afterwards.


    Henry Morford

  • Miss Corelli's force is hysteric, but it is sometimes very real.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

    David Christie Murray

  • After that, evidently the first attack of hysteric character followed.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • Red Jim stumbled to his feet with an inarticulate and hysteric exclamation.

  • In hysteric inversions of motion is some other part too much stimulated?

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

British Dictionary definitions for hysteric



a hysterical person


See also hysterics

Word Origin for hysteric

C17: from Latin hystericus literally: of the womb, from Greek husterikos, from hustera the womb; from the belief that hysteria in women originated in disorders of the womb
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Word Origin and History for hysteric

1650s, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos "belonging to the womb" (see hysterical). As a noun from 1751.

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hysteric in Medicine




A person suffering from hysteria.
hysterics A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.
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