- desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
- Archaic. insane; mad.
Origin of frantic
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1. overwrought, agitated, frenzied, distraught.
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- distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
- marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
- archaic insane
C14: from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus mad, frenetic
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Word Origin and History for franticness
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).
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