Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “nervous breakdown”

See all translations

nervous breakdown

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
a period of mental illness, usually without a physical cause, that results in anxiety, difficulty in sleeping and thinking clearly, a loss of confidence and hope, and a feeling of great sadness: He suffered a nervous breakdown in his twenties.
Translations of “nervous breakdown”
in Chinese (Traditional) 神經失常, 神經衰弱…
in Russian нервный срыв…
in Turkish sinir krizi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 神经失常, 神经衰弱…
in Polish załamanie nerwowe…
(Definition of nervous breakdown from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of nervous breakdown?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “nervous breakdown” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More