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hectic

adjective hec·tic \ˈhek-tik\

: very busy and filled with activity

Full Definition of HECTIC

1
:  of, relating to, or being a fluctuating but persistent fever (as in tuberculosis)
2
:  having a hectic fever
3
:  red, flushed
4
:  characterized by activity, excitement, or confusion <the hectic days before the holidays>
hec·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of HECTIC

  1. We both had hectic days at work.
  2. She maintains a hectic schedule as a journalist and mother.

Origin of HECTIC

Middle English etyk, from Anglo-French etique, from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos habitual, consumptive, from echein to have — more at scheme
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with HECTIC

HECTIC Defined for Kids

hectic

adjective hec·tic \ˈhek-tik\

Definition of HECTIC for Kids

:  filled with excitement, activity, or confusion <We had a hectic day of shopping.>
Medical Dictionary

hectic

adjective hec·tic \ˈhek-tik\

Medical Definition of HECTIC

1
:  of, relating to, or being a fluctuating but persistent fever (as in tuberculosis)
2
:  having a hectic fever <a hectic patient>

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