frantic

[ fran-tik ]
/ ˈfræn tɪk /

adjective

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

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Origin of frantic

1325–75; Middle English frantik, frenetik < Old French frenetique < Latin phrenēticus delirious < Greek phrenētikós. See frenzy, -tic

OTHER WORDS FROM frantic

fran·ti·cal·ly, fran·tic·ly, adverbfran·tic·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH frantic

fanatic frantic frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic)
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Example sentences from the Web for franticly

  • As the tempest-driven clouds are franticly hurrying to and fro, how serene the summits in the sky!

  • I planned the whole scene with an earnest heart and franticly set my soul on this project.

    Mathilda|Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

British Dictionary definitions for franticly

frantic
/ (ˈfræntɪk) /

adjective

distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
archaic insane

Derived forms of frantic

frantically or franticly, adverbfranticness, noun

Word Origin for frantic

C14: from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus mad, frenetic
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