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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019