verb (used with object), pan·icked, pan·ick·ing.
verb (used without object), pan·icked, pan·ick·ing.
Origin of panic1
Synonyms for panic
Examples from the Web for panicking
Contemporary Examples of panicking
As scary as contagion can seem, nobody should be panicking, no matter which virus happens to be making the headlines.What You Need to Know About Enterovirus
October 3, 2014
The Golden State should probably be panicking more than it is.California May Have Its Driest Season in 500 Years
January 24, 2014
Lanier suggested that the incident was not the result of somebody mistakenly driving into a barricade and then panicking.What Pushed Miriam Carey to a Capitol Hill Tragedy?
October 4, 2013
She does admit that at first she was panicking about being compared to her co-host.‘Nikki & Sara Live’ Is Late-Night TV’s Best-Kept Secret
August 6, 2013
Yet, far from panicking over this influx, the Jordanian monarch may actually have turned it to an advantage.Jordan’s King Abdullah: ‘The New Taliban Are in Syria’
January 25, 2013
Historical Examples of panicking
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.