Neurotic definition and meaning

Neurotic definition: If you say that someone is neurotic , you mean that they are always frightened or worried… | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples

Definition of ’neurotic’

Word Frequency


neurotic


(


nʊər

ɒ

tɪk



)

Word forms:


neurotics


adjective

If you say that someone is

neurotic

, you mean that they are always frightened or worried about things that you consider
unimportant.



[

disapproval

]


He was almost neurotic about being followed.


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Word Frequency


neurotic


in American English


(


nʊˈrɑtɪk




;

njʊˈrɑtɪk



)


adjective


1.

of,

characteristic

of, or having a neurosis


noun


2.

a neurotic person
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Derived forms



neurotically


(

neuˈrotically

)


adverb



neuroticism


(

neuˈrotiˌcism

)


(


nuˈrɑtəˌsɪzəm




;

njuˈrɑtəˌsɪzəm



)


noun

Word Frequency


neurotic


in American English


1


(


nuˈrɑtɪk



,

nju-


)


Psychiatry


adjective


1.

of,

pertaining

to, or characteristic of neurosis


noun


2.

a neurotic person
Most material © 2005, 1997, 1991 by Penguin Random House LLC. Modified entries © 2019
by Penguin Random House LLC and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Derived forms


neurotically


adverb

Word origin


[

1870–75;

neur

(

osis

) +

-otic


]

Word Frequency


neurotic


in American English


2


(


nuˈrɑtɪk



,

nju-


)


adjective


Pathology

pertaining to the

nerves

or to nerve

disease

;

neural

: no longer in

technical

use
Most material © 2005, 1997, 1991 by Penguin Random House LLC. Modified entries © 2019
by Penguin Random House LLC and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Word origin


[

1765–75;

neuro-

+

-tic


]

Word Frequency


neurotic


in British English


(


njʊˈrɒtɪk



)


adjective


1.

of, relating to, or having

neurosis


noun


2.

a person who has a neurosis or who

tends

to be emotionally

unstable

or unusually

anxious

Collins English Dictionary

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Derived forms



neurotically


(

neuˈrotically

)


adverb

Examples of ‘neurotic’ in a sentence

neurotic


Read more…


They

distrusted

us completely and were neurotic about their own

security

.


Stewart, Bob (Lt-Col)


Broken Lives



(

1993

)



Pain

is often considered to be the

result

of neurotic

attitudes

and

behaviour

.


Chaitow, Leon


The Beat Fatigue Workbook – how to identify the causes



(

1988

)


This

condition

often is

regarded

as the

sign

of a neurotic or

nervous

person.


Randolph, Theron G. & Moss, Ralph W. (contributor)


An Alternative Approach to Allergies



(

1990

)



Racing

has become neurotic over its

share

of the

betting


cake

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


Her psychiatrist predictably

accused

her of being “neurotic” about

food

.


Randolph, Theron G. & Moss, Ralph W. (contributor)


An Alternative Approach to Allergies



(

1990

)


We can inadvertently

foster

neurotic

anxiety

.


Christianity Today



(

2000

)


Nervous

cats


may

become

stressed

, which may result in neurotic behaviour once

home

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


If you tend to worry, you become neurotic.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


The

Met

are

getting

a

bit

neurotic about it.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2012

)


What do you mean, neurotic?


Times, Sunday Times



(

2006

)

Show more…


Be a bit less neurotic.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2013

)


Are you a neurotic person?


Times, Sunday Times



(

2009

)


Man’s manipulation of animals is not only in the

service

of

nutrition

but

also

to foster and

study

neurotic behaviour in family

relationships

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


He is less neurotic than any other

comedian

I have met.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2013

)


I am always

struck

by the

way

that

snooker

is one of the very few ways in which a

genuine

neurotic can become a

working-class


hero

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


I had a

rash

on my

foot

and my

mum

, being a bit neurotic at the time,

took

me to

hospital

.


The Sun



(

2010

)

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In other languages

neurotic


British English

:


neurotic


njʊˈrɒtɪk

/

ADJECTIVE

If you say that someone is

neurotic

, you mean that they are always frightened or worried about things that you consider unimportant.
He was almost neurotic about being followed.


American English

:


neurotic


nʊəˈrɒtɪk

/


Arabic

:

عِصَابِيُّ


Brazilian Portuguese

:

neurótico


Chinese

:

神经质的


Croatian

:

neurotičan


Czech

:

neurotický


Danish

:

neurotisk


Dutch

:

neurotisch


European Spanish

:


neurótico


Finnish

:

neuroottinen


French

:


névrosé


German

:


neurotisch


Greek

:

νευρωτικός


Italian

:


nevrotico


Japanese

:

神経過敏な


Korean

:

신경증에 걸린


Norwegian

:

nevrotisk


Polish

:

neurotyczny


European Portuguese

:


neurótico


Romanian

:

nevricos


Russian

:

невротический


Spanish

:


neurótico


Swedish

:

neurotisk


Thai

:

ขี้กังวล


Turkish

:

nörotik


Ukrainian

:

невротичний


Vietnamese

:

dễ bị kích động


British English

:


neurotic


NOUN

/

njʊəˈrɒtɪk

/

A

neurotic

is someone who is neurotic.
These patients are not neurotics.


American English

:


neurotic


nʊəˈrɒtɪk

/


Brazilian Portuguese

:

neurótico


Chinese

:

神经官能症患者


European Spanish

:


neurótico


French

:


névrosé


German

:


Neurotiker


Italian

:


nevrotico


Japanese

:

神経症患者


Korean

:

신경증 환자


European Portuguese

:


neurótico


Spanish

:


neurótico


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