Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

frantic

[fran-tik]
See more synonyms for frantic on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
  2. Archaic. insane; mad.
Show More

Origin of frantic

1325–75; Middle English frantik, frenetik < Old French frenetique < Latin phrenēticus delirious < Greek phrenētikós. See frenzy, -tic
Related formsfran·ti·cal·ly, fran·tic·ly, adverbfran·tic·ness, noun
Can be confusedfanatic frantic frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic)

Synonyms for frantic

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for frantic

frenzied, delirious, angry, mad, hectic, agitated, furious, distraught, frenetic, weird, overwrought, berserk, crazy, deranged, excited, fraught, insane, rabid, raging, raving

Examples from the Web for frantic

Contemporary Examples of frantic

Historical Examples of frantic

  • How frantic, as if all things were about to eventuate, remembering not that nothing ends.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The frantic movement and din of shrieks disturbed Uncle Peter.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The two men bent to the task, heedless of Mary's frantic protest.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • When, at last, words came, they were a frantic prayer of protest.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The Indians knew enough of English to understand this frantic cry.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic


British Dictionary definitions for frantic

frantic

adjective
  1. distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
  2. marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
  3. archaic insane
Show More
Derived Formsfrantically or franticly, adverbfranticness, noun

Word Origin for frantic

C14: from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus mad, frenetic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for frantic

adj.

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).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper