adjective fre·net·ic \fri-ˈne-tik\

: filled with excitement, activity, or confusion : wild or frantic

Full Definition of FRENETIC

fre·net·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
fre·net·i·cism \-ˈne-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of FRENETIC

  1. The celebration was noisy and frenetic.
  2. <the frenetic rush to get every member of the cast in place before the curtain went up>

Origin of FRENETIC

Middle English frenetik insane, from Anglo-French, from Latin phreneticus, modification of Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis inflammation of the brain, from phren-, phrēn diaphragm, mind
First Known Use: 14th century


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