(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. elaborate, pretentious, ornate; overworked, tired; distraught, hysterical, nervous, frenetic, high-strung. See ornament, excitement.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Weary from exhaustion]
Syn. affected, worn, weary; see spent 2 , tired .
2. [Excitable from exhaustion]
Syn. worked-up, high-strung, emotional, nervous, neurotic; see also excitable .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
nervous, excited, agitated, overexcited, *wired, *strung out, *hyper, worked up, in a dither, wound up, riled.
ANT.: relaxed, calm, tranquil

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