hysterical

[ hi-ster-i-kuhl ]
/ hɪˈstɛr ɪ kəl /

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by hysteria.
uncontrollably emotional.
irrational from fear, emotion, or an emotional shock.
causing hysteria.
suffering from or subject to hysteria.
causing unrestrained laughter; very funny: Oh, that joke is hysterical!

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Origin of hysterical

1605–15; < Latin hysteric(us) hysteric + -al1

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hysterical

hysteric

/ (hɪˈstɛrɪkəl) /

adjective

of or suggesting hysteriahysterical cries
suffering from hysteria
informal wildly funny

Derived forms of hysterical

hysterically, adverb
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