1 suffering from/caused by hysteria
act, be, sound

Susan realized that she sounded hysterical.

become, get, go

Calm down, you're getting hysterical.

almost, nearly

Now Mary was almost hysterical.

a little, slightly, etc.
mildly, rather
increasingly (esp. BrE)

The political rhetoric is increasingly hysterical.


Her parents were hysterical with panic. (figurative)

The audience was almost hysterical with laughter.

2 very funny
absolutely, totally (esp. AmE)

The whole episode was absolutely hysterical!

Hysterical is used with these nouns: ↑fit, ↑giggle, ↑laughter, ↑outburst, ↑scream, ↑woman

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