If you call someone neurotic, you are saying she is stressed out. Neurotic can be a psychological term or it can be used more loosely. You may have a neurotic tendency to bite your nails or to pull out your hair. Ouch.
The adjective neurotic refers to someone who shows signs of mental disturbance but does not indicate complete psychosis. Neurotic comes from neuro-, from a Greek word for "nerve." It can also describe someone with neurotic behaviors, so you can think of a neurotic as someone who has a particularly bad case of nerves.
adj characteristic of or affected by neurosis
adj affected with emotional disorder
suffering from abulia; showing abnormal inability to act or make decisions
caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion
suffering from or characterized by delusions
emotionally unstable and having difficulty coping with personal relationships
suffering from hypochondria
characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria
suffering from megalomania
obsessed with a single subject or idea
(used of women) affected with excessive sexual desire
characterized by or constituting an obsession
characterized by obsessions and compulsions
caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition
suffering from irrational fears
used of illness or symptoms resulting from neurosis
marked by withdrawal and inability to form close relationships
n a person suffering from neurosis
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a person suffering from claustrophobia
a person suffering from hysteria
a person who has obsessions
a person with obsessive-compulsive characteristics
someone with a sociopathic personality; a person with an antisocial personality disorder (`psychopath' was once widely used but has now been superseded by `sociopath')