frantic

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adjective fran·tic \ ˈfran-tik \

Definition of frantic

1 a archaic :mentally deranged
b :emotionally out of control
2 :marked by fast and nervous, disordered, or anxiety-driven activity
  • made a frantic search for the lost child
  • frantic cries for help

frantically

play \ˈfran-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

franticness

play \ˈfran-tik-nəs\ noun

Examples of frantic in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of frantic

Middle English frenetik, frantik — more at frenetic


FRANTIC Defined for English Language Learners

frantic

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adjective

Definition of frantic for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing a lot of fear and worry

  • : having a lot of wild and hurried activity


FRANTIC Defined for Kids

frantic

play
adjective fran·tic \ ˈfran-tik \

Definition of frantic for Students

1 :feeling or showing fear and worry
  • a frantic search
2 :having wild and hurried activity
  • They made a frantic attempt to finish.

frantically

\-ti-kə-lē\ adverb


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