frantic

[fran-tik]

adjective

desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
Archaic. insane; mad.

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)

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frantic

adjective

distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
archaic insane
Derived Formsfrantically or franticly, adverbfranticness, noun

Word Origin for frantic

C14: from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus mad, frenetic
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Word Origin and History for frantically

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).

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