[ noo-rot-ik, nyoo- ]
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of neurosis.

  1. a neurotic person.

Origin of neurotic

First recorded in 1870–75; neur(osis) + -otic

Other words from neurotic

  • neu·rot·ic·al·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·neu·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·neu·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with neurotic

Other definitions for neurotic (2 of 2)

[ noo-rot-ik, nyoo- ]

  1. pertaining to the nerves or to nerve disease; neural: no longer in technical use.

Origin of neurotic

First recorded in 1765–75; neuro- + -tic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use neurotic in a sentence

  • Those who are neurotically inclined are especially victims of the habit.

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
  • Such a person is the neurotically extreme form of the "do-it-yourselfer."

  • Neurotically and erotically, he was hypersthetic, with a playful graciousness of character never surpassed.

  • Miss Winstock began to search neurotically in a bag for a handkerchief.

    Mr. Prohack | E. Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for neurotic


/ (njʊˈrɒtɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or afflicted by neurosis

  1. a person who is afflicted with a neurosis or who tends to be emotionally unstable or unusually anxious

Derived forms of neurotic

  • neurotically, adverb

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