Examples from the Web for hysterical
What follows is hysterical, painful, weird, and strangely touching—a true Festivus for the rest of us.
Every night, I speak to the islands of the Caribbean in the language of hysterical storms.
They converted what should have been a long-overdue moral reckoning into a shallow and hysterical ratings bonanza.
But Robin Williams will, sadly, no longer be sending us into hysterical fits of laughter.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Women fainted, men sobbed, while children in shock picked their way through the crowds of hysterical adults.The Hanging Judge of Minya, Egypt, Sentences Hundreds to Death|Bel Trew|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here is no wild exaltation, no hysterical obedience to hotly-conceived impulse.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series|Rafael Sabatini
Her hysterical caresses awakened him and the little fellow could not understand what ailed his mother.Bengal Dacoits and Tigers|Maharanee Sunity Devee
It struck her as a species of ghastly sentiment, which at once distressed, and impelled her to hysterical mirth.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The third or fourth year represents the age limit, below which hysterical symptoms do not appear.The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
He flung himself into his chair, hid his face with his hands, and burst into hysterical tears.Eric, or Little by Little|Frederic W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for hysterical
Word Origin and History for hysterical
1610s, from Latin hystericus "of the womb," from Greek hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb" (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Meaning "very funny" (by 1939) is from the notion of uncontrollable fits of laughter. Related: Hysterically.