[ fruh-net-ik ]
/ frəˈnɛt ɪk /


frantic; frenzied.

Nearby words

  1. freneau,
  2. freneau, philip,
  3. frenectomy,
  4. frenemy,
  5. frenet formula,
  6. frenkel defect,
  7. frenoplasty,
  8. frenotomy,
  9. frenulum,
  10. frenulum of clitoris

Also fre·net·i·cal, phrenetic, phrenetical.

Origin of frenetic

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

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

Can be confusedfanatic 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 Formsfrenetically, 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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Word Origin and History for frenetic



late 14c., from Old French frenetike, from Latin phreneticus "delirious," alteration of Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis "frenzy," literally "inflammation of the brain," from phren "mind, reason" (from PIE *gwhren- "to think") + -itis. The classical ph- was restored mid-16c. Related: Frenetically.

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