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frantic

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adjective fran·tic \ˈfran-tik\

Simple Definition of frantic

  • : feeling or showing a lot of fear and worry

  • : having a lot of wild and hurried activity

Full Definition of frantic

  1. 1 a archaic :  mentally deranged b :  emotionally out of control

  2. 2 :  marked by fast and nervous, disordered, or anxiety-driven activity

fran·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
fran·tic·ness play \-tik-nəs\ noun

Examples of frantic

  1. The girl was frantic with fear.

  2. They made a frantic search for the missing child.

  3. They were making frantic preparations for the party.

  4. a frantic attempt to finish on schedule



Origin of frantic

Middle English frenetik, frantik — more at frenetic


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with frantic


FRANTIC Defined for Kids

frantic

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adjective fran·tic \ˈfran-tik\

Definition of frantic

  1. 1 :  feeling or showing fear and worry <a frantic search>

  2. 2 :  having wild and hurried activity <They made a frantic attempt to finish.>

fran·ti·cal·ly \-ti-kə-lē\ adverb




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