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hyper1

[hahy-per] /ˈhaɪ pər/
adjective
1.
overexcited; overstimulated; keyed up.
2.
seriously or obsessively concerned; fanatical; rabid:
She's hyper about noise pollution.
noun
4.
a person who is hyper.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; probably independent use of hyper-

hyper2

[hahy-per] /ˈhaɪ pər/
noun, Informal.
1.
a person who promotes or publicizes events, people, etc., especially one who uses flamboyant or questionable methods; promoter; publicist.
Origin
1910-15, Americanism, for an earlier sense; hype1 + -er1

hyper-

1.
a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “over,” usually implying excess or exaggeration (hyperbole); on this model used, especially as opposed to hypo-, in the formation of compound words (hyperthyroid).
Compare super-.
Origin
Greek, representing hypér over, above; cognate with Latin super (see super-); akin to over
Can be confused
hyper-, hypo-.
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Examples for hyper
  • For starters, the people he links to for support warn about inflation that is distinctly not hyper in nature.
  • She was hyper for several hours uncovering bone after bone until the entire flipper was uncovered.
  • Slow boring stuff for when they are tired to exciting guitars and kick it beats when they are hyper.
  • hyper inflation tends to be a function of out of control public expenditures.
  • That's why this album is hyper compared to the others.
  • Shadow got a puppy who is hyper and dealt with his recovery from a serious leg break.
  • She's a good dog but she barks too much and is always really hyper.
  • It also seems that the lower dose does not risk the paradoxical response of making one hyper.
  • They were quiet, and literate, and in many ways the antidote to more hyper children's films.
  • In the other case the object is retained, and there is a hyper-cathexis of it by the ego and at the ego's expense.
British Dictionary definitions for hyper

hyper

/ˈhaɪpə/
adjective
1.
(informal) overactive; overexcited
Word Origin
C20: probably independent use of hyper-

hyper-

prefix
1.
above, over, or in excess hypercritical
2.
(in medicine) denoting an abnormal excess hyperacidity
3.
indicating that a chemical compound contains a greater than usual amount of an element hyperoxide
Word Origin
from Greek huper over
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Word Origin and History for hyper
adj.

1942 as a colloquial shortening of hyperactive.

hyper-

word-forming element meaning "over, above, beyond, exceedingly, to excess," from Greek hyper (prep. and adv.) "over, beyond, overmuch, above measure," from PIE super- "over" (see super-).

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hyper in Medicine

hyper- pref.

  1. Over; above; beyond: hyperflexion.

  2. Excessive; excessively: hyperhydration.

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hyper in Science
hyper-  
A prefix that means "excessive" or "excessively," especially in medical terms like hypertension and hyperthyroidism.
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Slang definitions & phrases for hyper

hyper 1

n,n phr

A publicist; promoter; advertiser; flack

[1960+; fr hype2]


hyper 2

adjective
  1. Overexcited; manic; overwrought; hyped-up: She tells how the grownups gave her Nembutal when she was eight years old, because ''I was hyper''/ It's this flaky hyper hour/ She's a hyper-person, accustomed to constant activity (1942+)
  2. Exceeding most; very superior;: with harem cushions, a hyper-hi-fi set, ha-ha candles (1970s+)
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[fr Greek hyper, ''super,'' and in the first sense probably fr medical terms like hyperactive, hyperkinetic, hyperthyroid, etc; in some sources this term is associated with hipped and hippish, fr hypochondriac, ''melancholic,'' first found in the early 18th century]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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