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1. Exhibiting spasmodic, uncontrolled emotion: became hysterical when the airplane lurched; hysterical laughter.
2. Informal Extremely funny: told a hysterical story.
3. Psychiatry Relating to hysteria. No longer in clinical use.

hys·ter′i·cal·ly adv.
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(hɪˈstɛrɪkəl) or


1. of or suggesting hysteria: hysterical cries.
2. (Psychiatry) suffering from hysteria
3. informal wildly funny
hysˈterically adv
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(hɪˈstɛr ɪ kəl)

1. of, characterized by, or suffering from hysteria.
2. uncontrollably emotional or agitated.
3. causing unrestrained laughter; very funny: a hysterical movie.
[1605–15; < Latin hysteric(us) hysteric + -al1]
hys•ter′i•cal•ly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hysterical - characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria; "during hysterical conditions various functions of the human body are disordered"- Morris Fishbein; "hysterical amnesia"
psychoneurotic, neurotic - affected with emotional disorder
2.hysterical - marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion; "hysterical laughter"; "a mob of hysterical vigilantes"
agitated - troubled emotionally and usually deeply; "agitated parents"
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[hɪsˈterɪkəl] ADJ
1. (Psych) → histérico
2. (= out of control) → histérico
you're being hystericalte estás comportando como un histérico
to get hystericalponerse histérico
3. (= very funny) [situation] → para morirse de (la) risa; [person] → graciosísimo, desternillante
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[hɪˈstɛrɪkəl] adj
(= out of control) [person] → hystérique; [laughter] → hystérique
to get hysterical → être hystérique
to become hysterical → avoir une crise de nerfs
(= hilarious) → tordant(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(also Psych) → hysterisch; I was nearly hystericalich war der Hysterie nahe
(inf: = hilarious) → wahnsinnig komisch (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[hɪsˈtɛrɪkl] adjisterico/a
to become hysterical → avere una crisi isterica
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(hiˈstiəriə) noun
1. a severe nervous upset which causes eg uncontrolled laughing or crying, imaginary illnesses etc.
2. uncontrolled excitement, eg of a crowd of people. mass hysteria.
hyˈsterical (-ˈste-) adjective
of or suffering from hysteria.
hyˈsterically (-ˈste-) adverb
hyˈsterics (-ˈste-) noun plural
1. a fit of hysteria.
2. a fit of wild laughter.
go into hysterics
to have a fit of hysteria.
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, hysterical
a. histérico-a, rel. a la histeria o que padece de ella;
a. histéricamente;
to get ___ponerse ___;
___ laughterrisa ___.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


adj (ant) severamente ansioso; relativo a la ansiedad, histérico (ant)
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References in classic literature ?
Brave the fox- terriers were, despite the hysterical rage they were in, and they were upon him as he got his legs under him.
You will scream yourself to death in a minute, and I wish you would!" A nice sympathetic child could neither have thought nor said such things, but it just happened that the shock of hearing them was the best possible thing for this hysterical boy whom no one had ever dared to restrain or contradict.
As the brilliant rays of the equatorial moon lighted the deck, and he realized that the man before him was Lord Greystoke, he screamed hysterical commands to his followers to fire upon the two.
When I came back from fielding this last ball I found him embracing his bat, and to my sour congratulations he could at first reply only with hysterical sounds.
My wretched passions were acute, smarting, from my continual, sickly irritability I had hysterical impulses, with tears and convulsions.
She was a terrifying-looking person; almost a giantess in height, raw-boned, with iron-grey hair, a face always flushed, and prominent, hysterical eyes.
Several times she was quite beside herself and hysterical; and then Jurgis would go half-mad with fright.
“I will—I will,” cried the youth, with a kind of hysterical utterance.
She was hysterical, and laughed aloud every other minute with no apparent reason--the next moment relapsing into gloom and thoughtfulness.
What happened in the next few minutes I do not recollect, though I have a clear remembrance of pulling down life-preservers from the overhead racks, while the red-faced man fastened them about the bodies of an hysterical group of women.
I felt a gust of hysterical petulance, and went aft and stared dismally at nothing.
At this cry a hysterical fear and dismay beset the troops.