verb (used with object), pan·icked, pan·ick·ing.
verb (used without object), pan·icked, pan·ick·ing.
- panic attack,
- panic bar,
- panic bolt,
- panic button,
- panic buying
Origin of panic1
Examples from the Web for panicked
Panicked, I reached out to hoarding experts, who often refer to any kind of obsessive digital collecting as “infomania.”
At hospitals across the nation, panicked Americans with flu symptoms began convincing themselves they were next.
Then he panicked and took her body somewhere and burnt it on fire!Deep Thoughts from War Machine's Sexist, Racist Prison Blog|Melissa Leon|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crowd began to lurch violently, as small motions rippled out into panicked attempts to break away.The War Inside: Terrorism & Teenhood in ‘No Dawn Without Darkness’|Hugh Ryan|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The signs of the panicked flight almost three weeks ago were apparent everywhere in town.
They, so he said, shot the mayor and an old man of 80 years and another; so if that is true the people just panicked!Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie|George Brenton Laurie
Just thirty days now, since the scout ship Leo's discovery and the panicked dash for home with the warning.Alien Offer|Al Sevcik
The light-headedness was back, and I slumped in my chair, tried to control my breathing, the panicked thumping of my heart.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
The warriors in the square—what was left of them—had panicked.Despoilers of the Golden Empire|Gordon Randall Garrett
And the German engineers left it a little too late; they panicked at the last and destroyed wholesale, but without intelligence.Sketches of the East Africa Campaign|Robert Valentine Dolbey
verb -ics, -icking or -icked
Word Origin for panic
"mass terror," 1708, from earlier adjective (c.1600, modifying fear, terror, etc.), from French panique (15c.), from Greek panikon, literally "pertaining to Pan," the god of woods and fields, who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious, groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots.
In the sense of "panic, fright" the Greek word is short for panikon deima "panic fright," from neuter of Panikos "of Pan." Meaning "widespread apprehension about financial matters" is first recorded 1757. Panic button in figurative sense is first recorded 1955, the literal sense apparently is from parachuting. Panic attack attested by 1970.
type of grass, early 15c., from Old French panic "Italian millet," from Latin panicum "panic grass, kind of millet," from panus "ear of millet, a swelling" (cf. panocha).
1827, "to afflict with panic," from panic (n.). Intransitive sense of "to lose one's head, get into a panic" is from 1902. Related: Panicked; panicking.
see push the panic button.