- desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
- Archaic. insane; mad.
Origin of frantic
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Examples from the Web for frantic
A phone call, a frantic trip, an abrupt change of holiday plans.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
Considering the adventure Bernstein was about to embark on, the frantic atmosphere was kind of fitting.The Aftermath of Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’
May 16, 2014
She placidly tells people she is dreaming until her frantic father finds her again and loses his temper.Diagnosing Jane, Louis C.K.’s Troubled Daughter on ‘Louie’ Who Can’t Separate Dreams From Reality
May 15, 2014
It was frantic back when 12 dailies hit the New York streets with half a dozen editions each.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
The government said the 1961 World Championships were friendly, but the crowd of twenty thousand Chinese was frantic for victory.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
January 9, 2014
How frantic, as if all things were about to eventuate, remembering not that nothing ends.
The frantic movement and din of shrieks disturbed Uncle Peter.
The two men bent to the task, heedless of Mary's frantic protest.
When, at last, words came, they were a frantic prayer of protest.
The Indians knew enough of English to understand this frantic cry.In the Valley
- distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
- marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
- archaic insane
Word Origin and History for frantic
mid-14c., "insane," unexplained variant of Middle English frentik (see frenetic). Transferred meaning "affected by wild excitement" is from late 15c. Of the adverbial forms, frantically (1749) is later than franticly (1540s).