beside oneself

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly derived from Ancient Greek παράνοια (paránoia, madness), from παράνοος (paránoos, demented), from παρά (pará, beyond, beside) + νόος (nóos, mind, spirit), with "beside mind" evolving into "beside oneself".

Adjective[edit]

beside oneself

  1. (idiomatic) Overcome; consumed by an emotion.
    His widow was beside herself with grief.

Translations[edit]