frantic

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adjective fran·tic \ˈfran-tik\

Definition of frantic

  1. 1a archaic :  mentally derangedb :  emotionally out of control

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of frantic

Middle English frenetik, frantik — more at frenetic


First Known Use: 14th century


FRANTIC Defined for English Language Learners

frantic

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adjective fran·tic \ˈfran-tik\

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

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adjective fran·tic \ˈfran-tik\

Definition of frantic for Students

  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.

frantically

\-ti-kə-lē\ adverb


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