Women fainted, men sobbed, while children in shock picked their way through the crowds of hysterical adults.
We were feeding squirrels in Palm Desert, which was hysterical because the girls were running away from them.
When Ben Stiller showed up in full blue Navi makeup in 2010 to mock Avatar, the winking frivolity of it all was hysterical.
As the play came to its bittersweet, hysterical, and slightly de-sexualized climax, the audience fought back laughter and tears.
Most other writers would be hysterical under these circumstances, but Gershon was only kind of hysterical.
From the bed came again the half-insane response of hysterical moaning, and the young mountaineer straightened his shoulders.
She volleyed the name at him with hysterical violence, but he did not seem to be impressed.
The audiences cheered and cried and let themselves go in the hysterical manner of people wrought up by great national excitements.
I just wish there was some way to handle that hysterical sniffle of yours, that's all.
All physiologists know that hysterical persons have a tendency to falsehood and simulation.
1610s, from Latin hystericus "of the womb," from Greek hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb" (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Meaning "very funny" (by 1939) is from the notion of uncontrollable fits of laughter. Related: Hysterically.