[ fran-tik ]
/ ˈfræn tɪk /
desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
Archaic. insane; mad.
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Origin of frantic
Related formsfran·ti·cal·ly, fran·tic·ly, adverbfran·tic·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for franticly
/ (ˈfræntɪk) /
distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
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 franticly
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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