[ hek-tik ]
/ ˈhɛk tɪk /
characterized by intense agitation, excitement, confused and rapid movement, etc.: The week before the trip was hectic and exhausting.
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Origin of hectic
OTHER WORDS FROM hectic
hec·ti·cal·ly, hec·tic·ly, adverbhec·tic·ness, nounnon·hec·tic, adjectivenon·hec·ti·cal·ly, adverb
un·hec·tic, adjectiveun·hec·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hecticly
/ (ˈhɛktɪk) /
characterized by extreme activity or excitement
associated with, peculiar to, or symptomatic of tuberculosis (esp in the phrases hectic fever, hectic flush)
a hectic fever or flush
rare a person who is consumptive or who experiences a hectic fever or flush
Derived forms of hectichectically, adverb
Word Origin for hectic
C14: from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos habitual, from hexis state, from ekhein to have
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