Origin of frantic
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|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Considering the adventure Bernstein was about to embark on, the frantic atmosphere was kind of fitting.
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|Russell Saunders|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The government said the 1961 World Championships were friendly, but the crowd of twenty thousand Chinese was frantic for victory.
Mamma has been frantic with Mr. Glascock because he has been going to marry,—whom shall I say,—her edition of you.He Knew He Was Right|Anthony Trollope
He took good care not to let the flames shoot up, so that the frantic girl would inhale them.Andy at Yale|Roy Eliot Stokes
From this moment on he would be frantic for fear of losing it.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
This gentleman thinks he would like it, and Anna is frantic to see the boys.The Story Of Julia Page|Kathleen Norris
After a frantic effort, I caught two words—‘Land,’ ‘America’—with positively no clue to their meaning.True Ghost Stories|Hereward Carrington
British Dictionary definitions for frantic
Word Origin for frantic
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).