frenzy

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. frenulum of pudendal lips,
  2. frenulum of tongue,
  3. frenum,
  4. frenzied,
  5. frenziedly,
  6. freon,
  7. freq.,
  8. frequence,
  9. frequency,
  10. frequency band

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

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British Dictionary definitions for frenzy

frenzy

/ (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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Word Origin and History for frenzy

frenzy

n.

mid-14c., "delirium, insanity," from Old French frenesie, from Medieval Latin phrenesia, from phrenesis, back-formation from Latin phreneticus "delirious" (see frenetic). Meaning "excited state of mind" is from c.1400.

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