- 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 frantically
Staffers were frantically compiling information from eyewitnesses and Japanese sources.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories
September 8, 2014
The others disappeared into the school, frantically hustling to try to make deals.The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention
June 23, 2014
Backward, backward, backward Ghana ran, and frantically…toward its own endangered goal.Stars and Stripes 2, Black Stars 1: Team USA Takes a Win From Ghana
June 17, 2014
He winks, smacks his lips and frantically drains the go-cup.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
The mother of five frantically jumps from one argument to the next as if playing a high stakes game of Catchphrase.Meet the Anti-Pot Activists
January 31, 2014
Frantically he tugged and tore at the slimy rope, hauling with a will and a prayer.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Frantically I scrambled in the dark till I located the batteries.
His mother went and caught him frantically in her arms and seated him on her lap.The Downfall
He opened his mouth to shout a question, but she frantically signaled for silence.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"A Mr. Hadley frantically telephoning, sir," he said to Jeter.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
- distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
- marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
- archaic insane
Word Origin and History for frantically
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).