hysterics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1721 a fit of uncontrollable laughter or crying

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  • Hysterics — Hys*ter ics, n. pl. (Med.) Hysteria. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hysterics — index outburst Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hysterics — 1727, from HYSTERICAL (Cf. hysterical). Sometimes in 19c. jocularly folk etymologized as high strikes (1838) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hysterics — [[t]hɪste̱rɪks[/t]] 1) N PLURAL: oft in N If someone is in hysterics or is having hysterics, they are in a state of uncontrolled excitement, anger, or panic. [INFORMAL] I m sick of your having hysterics, okay?... It is quite easy to get engulfed… …   English dictionary

  • hysterics — hys|ter|ics [hıˈsterıks] n [plural] spoken 1.) when you are unable to control your behaviour or emotions because you are very upset, afraid, excited etc ▪ She went into hysterics when she heard about her husband. have hysterics (=be extremely… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hysterics — n. a fit of hysterics (to have a fit of hysterics) * * * [hɪ sterɪks] a fit of hysterics (to have a fit of hysterics) done from here …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hysterics — noun spoken 1 have hysterics to be extremely upset or angry: Mum d have hysterics if she knew what you d done. 2 be in hysterics/have sb in hysterics to be laughing uncontrollably or to make someone laugh uncontrollably …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hysterics — hys|ter|ics [ hı sterıks ] noun plural 1. ) an uncontrolled emotional state, for example, caused by a shock 2. ) the state of being extremely angry in hysterics INFORMAL laughing in an excited and uncontrolled way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hysterics — UK [hɪˈsterɪks] / US noun [plural] 1) an uncontrolled emotional state, for example, caused by a shock 2) the state of being extremely angry • in hysterics …   English dictionary

  • hysterics — [hɪˈsterɪks] noun [plural] an uncontrolled emotional state in which you are extremely excited, afraid, or upset • in hysterics informal laughing in an excited and uncontrolled way[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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