But when it happens to other people, it turns out, the practice is hysterically funny.
I mean, come on, this is the stuff of heartbreaking and hysterically funny reading, the two main ingredients for any great memoir.
Yet the Obama who hysterically declared Hurricane Irene “historic” also declared the swine flu a national emergency.
We hysterically condemn the use of a nonviolent tool that works.
Mrs. Ellmother herself opened the door, and stood doubtful on the threshold, hysterically sobbing and laughing at the same time.
He was blubbering in her arms, hysterically, as she caressed him.
Her dyed head went down in her hands, and she began to sob—unrestrainedly, hysterically, in an abandonment of wretchedness.
"You come between me and my prayers" she said hysterically, and began to sob.
He told it somewhat strangely and hysterically, and indeed he was ill.
She began to laugh—not hysterically, but it was not a natural laugh.
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.