semihysterical

hysterical

[hi-ster-i-kuhl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by hysteria.
2.
uncontrollably emotional.
3.
irrational from fear, emotion, or an emotional shock.
4.
causing hysteria.
5.
suffering from or subject to hysteria.
6.
causing unrestrained laughter; very funny: Oh, that joke is hysterical!

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin hysteric(us) hysteric + -al1

hysterically, adverb
overhysterical, adjective
posthysterical, adjective
semihysterical, adjective
semihysterically, adverb
unhysterical, adjective
unhysterically, adverb

historic, historical, hysterical.


6. hilarious, uproarious, laughable, ludicrous.
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hysterical or hysteric (hɪˈstɛrɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  of or suggesting hysteria: hysterical cries
2.  suffering from hysteria
3.  informal wildly funny
 
hysteric or hysteric
 
adj
 
hys'terically or hysteric
 
adv

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hysterical
1610s, from L. hystericus "of the womb," from Gk. 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.
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