Definition of stage fright in US English:

stage fright


  • Nervousness before or during an appearance before an audience.

    • ‘I'm suffering no more than a mild attack of stage fright, I know that, and I know, too, that it'll all come out right.’
    • ‘Proven scientific methods of training to get over stage fright and personality development can work wonders in children.’
    • ‘Well, not only do I have stage fright, but I also feel weird getting my picture taken.’
    • ‘John himself had developed a horrible feeling of stage fright and had taken off his glasses just so he wouldn't see the audience.’
    • ‘As far as opening nights go, there were no signs of jitters or stage fright.’
    • ‘But for all her love of dancing, she suffers badly from stage fright.’
    • ‘This is a unique text that explores stage fright in musical performance and its relationship to the unconscious.’
    • ‘The anxiety of stage fright is part of her growing awareness of being in the public eye.’
    • ‘She never professed to be a dancer herself and admitted to stage fright, but she gamely appeared in a few festival programs.’
    • ‘Taping the segments didn't cause him any stage fright, but watching them might: he hasn't seen an episode in its entirety.’
    • ‘As I climbed onto the stage, I was filled with stage fright.’
    • ‘I wasn't feeling well, and I was nervous, I get stage fright like you wouldn't believe!’
    • ‘Thus, the conflict between the self and the other, one of the core sources of stage fright, begins as a developmental process.’
    • ‘The selection of the final speakers was based on their fluency, clarity, lack of stage fright, and ability to attract the audience.’
    • ‘The previous singer, while very good in rehearsals, suffered from stage fright, and could not perform in public.’
    • ‘His lack of stage fright is combined with an equal desire to inspire audiences, either through a motivating speech or a stirring song.’
    • ‘He has gained a reputation for getting stage fright, so touring by himself with only his acoustic guitar is quite a brave decision.’
    • ‘We've all been in situations where there's some anxiety or stage fright.’
    • ‘Still inexperienced, she undertook a tour of Ireland, where she suffered stage fright and returned home vowing never to tour again.’
    • ‘She studied at the conservatory but got stage fright when she had to play in front of an audience for her graduation recital.’
    nervousness, nerves, fit of nerves, edginess, uneasiness, anxiety, anxiousness, tension, agitation, fretfulness, restlessness, fidgeting, trembling, shaking, jumpiness
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stage fright

/ˈsteɪdʒ ˌfraɪt//ˈstāj ˌfrīt/