[ fruh-net-ik ]
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  1. frantic; frenzied.

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Origin of frenetic

First recorded in 1350–1400; see origin at frantic
  • Also fre·net·i·cal, phrenetic, phrenetical.

Other words from frenetic

  • fre·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·fre·net·ic, adjective
  • non·fre·net·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for frenetic


/ (frɪˈnɛtɪk) /

  1. distracted or frantic; frenzied

Origin of frenetic

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

Derived forms of frenetic

  • frenetically, adverb
  • freneticness, noun

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