[ fruh-net-ik ]
/ frəˈnɛt ɪk /


frantic; frenzied.
Also fre·net·i·cal, phrenetic, phrenetical.

Origin of frenetic

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at frantic

Related forms

fre·net·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·fre·net·ic, adjectivenon·fre·net·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confused

fanatic frantic frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frenetic


/ (frɪˈnɛtɪk) /


distracted or frantic; frenzied

Derived Forms

frenetically, adverbfreneticness, noun

Word Origin for frenetic

C14: via Old French frenetique from Latin phrenēticus, from Greek phrenētikos, from phrenitis insanity, from phrēn mind
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