hysteric

[hi-ster-ik]

noun

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

adjective


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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British Dictionary definitions for hysterics

hysterics

noun (functioning as plural or singular)

an attack of hysteria
informal wild uncontrollable bursts of laughter

hysteric

noun

a hysterical person

adjective

hysterical
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 hysterics
n.

1727, from hysterical. Sometimes in 19c. jocularly folk-etymologized as high-strikes (1838).

hysteric

adj.

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

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Medicine definitions for hysterics

hysteric

[hĭ-stĕrĭk]

n.

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