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or stage-struck

[steyj-struhk] /ˈsteɪdʒˌstrʌk/
obsessed with the desire to become an actor or actress.
enthralled by the theater and the people, customs, traditions, etc., associated with it.
Origin of stagestruck
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A young ball-player looks on his first spring training trip as a stage-struck young woman regards the theatre.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • "Lots of girls are stage-struck," he said presently, breaking in on Mr. Martel's rhapsody.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • The stage-struck youth is easily recognized by certain symptoms which manifest themselves at an early stage of the disorder.

  • George Cruikshank was "soldier-struck" as well as "stage-struck."

  • The Williams and Walker flat soon became the headquarters of all the artistic young men of our race who were stage-struck.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • The stage-struck youth is of a softer and more shallow sort.

    Damn! Henry Louis Mencken
  • A number of still unanswered letters are lying about—some of them delightfully humorous missives from "stage-struck" young people.

  • Nothing ever diverts a stage-struck youth from his fell purpose unless he is absolutely pelted off the boards.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • It was all great fun for me—you remember I was not stage-struck.

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • It was determined at last to cure the stage-struck hero by means of a trick—to pre-arrange his failure, in fact.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for stage-struck


infatuated with the glamour of theatrical life, esp with the desire to act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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