follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

neurotic1

[noo-rot-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ-/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of neurosis.
noun
2.
a neurotic person.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; neur(osis) + -otic
Related forms
neurotically, adverb
semineurotically, adverb
unneurotically, adverb

neurotic2

[noo-rot-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ-/
adjective, Pathology
1.
pertaining to the nerves or to nerve disease; neural: no longer in technical use.
Origin
1765-75; neuro- + -tic
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for neurotic
  • This is guaranteed to turn on every whiner, lackey and neurotic on the property.
  • Yes, the girl is a bit neurotic.
  • To state the obvious, it is neither verbal nor even slightly neurotic.
  • Let us disentangle identification as it occurs in the structure of a neurotic symptom from its rather complicated connections.
  • Wherever neurotic compulsion manifests itself psychically it originates from repression.
  • Here is another small collection of various symptomatic actions in normal and neurotic persons.
  • As in neurotic symptoms, the taboo regulations also evince opposite feelings.
  • Many of us spend lots of time on neurotic obsessions.
  • Grad students are notoriously neurotic and prone to obsess over doing exactly what we're told.
  • There is satisfaction in persevering, and not all of it is neurotic.
British Dictionary definitions for neurotic

neurotic

/njʊˈrɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or afflicted by neurosis
noun
2.
a person who is afflicted with a neurosis or who tends to be emotionally unstable or unusually anxious
Derived Forms
neurotically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for neurotic
adj.

1775, "acting upon or stimulating the nerves," from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + -otic, as in hypnotic. Sense of "affected by neurosis" is 1887. The noun meaning "a neurotic person" is from 1896. Related: Neurotically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
neurotic in Medicine

neurotic neu·rot·ic (nu-rŏt'ĭk, nyu-)
adj.
Of, relating to, derived from, or affected with a neurosis. n.
A person suffering from a neurosis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for neurotic

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for neurotic

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with neurotic