wildly excited or enthusiastic: frenzied applause.
violently agitated; frantic; wild: a frenzied mob.

Nearby words

  1. frenulum of lip,
  2. frenulum of prepuce,
  3. frenulum of pudendal lips,
  4. frenulum of tongue,
  5. frenum,
  6. frenziedly,
  7. frenzy,
  8. freon,
  9. freq.,
  10. frequence

Sometimes phren·sied.

Origin of frenzied

First recorded in 1790–1800; frenzy + -ed3

Related formsfren·zied·ly, adverbun·fren·zied, adjective



noun, plural fren·zies.

extreme mental agitation; wild excitement or derangement.
a fit or spell of violent mental excitement; a paroxysm characteristic of or resulting from a mania: He is subject to these frenzies several times a year.

verb (used with object), fren·zied, fren·zy·ing.

to drive to frenzy; make frantic: She was frenzied by fear when she smelled the smoke.

Origin of frenzy

1300–50; Middle English frenesie < Old French < Late Latin phrenēsis < Late Greek, for Greek phrenîtis; see phrenitis

Related formsfren·zi·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frenzied



filled with or as if with frenzy; wild; frantic
Derived Formsfrenziedly, adverb


noun plural -zies

violent mental derangement
wild excitement or agitation; distraction
a bout of wild or agitated activitya frenzy of preparations

verb -zies, -zying or -zied

(tr) to make frantic; drive into a frenzy

Word Origin for frenzy

C14: from Old French frenesie, from Late Latin phrēnēsis madness, delirium, from Late Greek, ultimately from Greek phrēn mind; compare frenetic

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