- desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
- Archaic. insane; mad.
Origin of frantic
Synonyms for frantic
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- distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
- marked by or showing frenzyfrantic efforts
- archaic insane
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
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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