[ hek-tik ]
/ ˈhɛk tɪk /
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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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How to use hectic in a sentence
What a difference five weeks and a hectic holiday schedule can make.Liverpool Can’t Buy A Goal, And Its Title Defense Is On The Ropes|Terrence Doyle|January 27, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
A glance at his hectic schedule this past week—when he might well have been infectious—now makes for unsettling reading.France’s Macron tests positive, and now Europe is scrambling to put the lid on a potential COVID cluster|Vivienne Walt|December 17, 2020|Fortune
Astronomers assumed that the Milky Way had a hectic youth, but Helmer Koppelman, an astronomer now at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, used the Gaia data to help pinpoint specific debris from one of the largest mergers.The New History of the Milky Way|Charlie Wood|December 15, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Like so many people these days, Powell is working from home, dealing with the same hectic mix of conference-call meetings and video-conferences that millions of Americans do.How Jay Powell’s Coronavirus Response Is Changing the Fed Forever|Christopher Leonard|June 11, 2020|Time
British Dictionary definitions for hectic
/ (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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