Nearby words

  1. panhellenic,
  2. panhellenism,
  3. panhoss,
  4. panhuman,
  5. panhypopituitarism,
  6. panic attack,
  7. panic bar,
  8. panic bolt,
  9. panic button,
  10. panic buying

Origin of panic

1595–1605; earlier panique < French < Greek Panikós of Pan; see -ic

Related formspan·ick·y, adjectiveun·pan·ick·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for panicked


/ (ˈpænɪk) /


a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror or anxiety, esp one affecting a whole group of people
(modifier) of or resulting from such terrorpanic measures

verb -ics, -icking or -icked

to feel or cause to feel panic
Derived Formspanicky, adjective

Word Origin for panic

C17: from French panique, from New Latin pānicus, from Greek panikos emanating from Pan, considered as the source of irrational fear


/ (ˈpænɪk) /


of or relating to the god Pan
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Word Origin and History for panicked
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Medicine definitions for panicked


[ pănĭk ]


A sudden overpowering feeling of terror.
Related formspanic v.

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Idioms and Phrases with panicked


see push the panic button.

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