Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
hysterical

hys·ter·i·cal

hysterical

pronunciation:
hih ste rih kl
features:
Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, concerning, or caused or characterized by hysteria.
definition 2: having or tending to have hysterics; uncontrollably emotional or irrational.
similar words:
wild
definition 3: causing uncontrollable laughter; wildly funny.
That comic act was hysterical!
similar words:
hilarious, in the aisles
derivation: hysterically (adv.)
Word Explorer
See
  behavior
Word Parts
The word hysterical contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.