night terror


noun Psychiatry.

a sudden feeling of extreme fear that awakens a sleeping person, usually during slow-wave sleep, and is not associated with a dream or nightmare.

Nearby words

  1. night snake,
  2. night soil,
  3. night stick,
  4. night sweats,
  5. night table,
  6. night terrors,
  7. night vision,
  8. night watch,
  9. night watch, the,
  10. night watchman

Origin of night terror

First recorded in 1895–1900


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British Dictionary definitions for night terrors

night terrors

pl n

a condition in which a person, usually a child, suddenly starts from sleep in a state of extreme fear but cannot later remember the incident
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