[ fren-zeed ]
/ ˈfrɛn zid /


wildly excited or enthusiastic: frenzied applause.
violently agitated; frantic; wild: a frenzied mob.
Sometimes phren·sied.

Origin of frenzied

First recorded in 1790–1800; frenzy + -ed3

Related forms

fren·zied·ly, adverbun·fren·zied, adjective

Definition for frenzied (2 of 2)


[ fren-zee ]
/ ˈfrɛn zi /

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 forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for frenzied (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfrɛnzɪd) /


filled with or as if with frenzy; wild; frantic

Derived Forms

frenziedly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for frenzied (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfrɛnzɪ) /

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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