/hɪsˈtɛrɪk/ (say his'terik)

1. (plural) a fit of hysteria; hysteria.
2. a person subject to hysteria.
3. hysterical.
{Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos, literally, suffering in the womb, from hystera womb, from the ancient Greek belief that hysteria was a women's disease caused by uterine disturbances}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • hysteric — (adj.) 1650s, from L. hystericus, from Gk. hysterikos “belonging to the womb” (see HYSTERICAL (Cf. hysterical)). As a noun from 1751 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hysteric — ► NOUN 1) (hysterics) wildly emotional behaviour. 2) (hysterics) informal uncontrollable laughter. 3) a person suffering from hysteria. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ hysterical. ORIGIN Greek husterikos of the …   English terms dictionary

  • hysteric — [hi ster′ik] adj. [L hystericus < Gr hysterikos, suffering in the womb, hysterical < hystera, uterus: from the ancient notion that women were hysterical more often than men] HYSTERICAL n. 1. [usually pl., occas. with sing. v.] a hysterical… …   English World dictionary

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  • hysteric — /hi ster ik/, n. 1. Usually, hysterics. a fit of uncontrollable laughter or weeping; hysteria. 2. a person subject to hysteria. adj. 3. hysterical. [1650 60; < L hystericus < Gk hysterikós, suffering in the womb, hysterical (reflecting the Greeks …   Universalium

  • hysteric — 1. adjective hysterical 2. noun A hysterical person. See Also: hysterical, hysteria …   Wiktionary

  • hysteric — hys·ter·ic his ter ik n an individual subject to or affected with hysteria * * * hys·ter·ic (his terґik) pertaining to or characterized by hysteria …   Medical dictionary

  • hysteric — hys·ter·ic || hɪ sterɪk adj. of or pertaining to hysteria; suffering from hysteria; characterized by uncontrollable emotional outbursts …   English contemporary dictionary

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