Definition of hysterical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɪˈsterɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪˈsterɪkl//
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  1. 1in a state of extreme excitement, and crying, laughing, etc. in an uncontrolled way hysterical screams a hysterical giggle He became almost hysterical when I told him. Let's not get hysterical. (disapproving) He thought I was being a hysterical female.
  2. 2(informal) extremely funny synonym hilarious She seemed to find my situation absolutely hysterical. This book is hysterical. Some speakers do not pronounce the ‘h’ at the beginning of hysterical and use ‘an’ instead of ‘a’ before it. This now sounds old-fashioned.
  3. Extra examples Calm down, you’re getting hysterical. Emily realized that she sounded hysterical. Her parents were hysterical with panic. Now Mary was almost hysterical. The audience was almost hysterical with laughter. The political rhetoric is increasingly hysterical. The whole episode was absolutely hysterical! Her screams broke into hysterical laughter. Janet became hysterical and began screaming. Let’s not get hysterical. The hysterical shrieks subsided into sobs.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hysterical