fran·​tic | \ ˈfran-tik How to pronounce frantic (audio) \

Definition of frantic

1 : 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
3 archaic : mentally deranged

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Other Words from frantic

franticness \ ˈfran-​tik-​nəs How to pronounce franticness (audio) \ noun

Examples of frantic in a Sentence

The girl was frantic with fear. They made a frantic search for the missing child. They were making frantic preparations for the party. a frantic attempt to finish on schedule
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Three hours later, according to the mother's interview with investigators, the frantic messages started coming in from her boyfriend. Indianapolis Star, "'Something is wrong with Stink': Boyfriend charged in abuse death of 1-year-old," 18 June 2019 As night falls, a swarm of motorcycles materializes and surges past the city’s checkpoint, ferrying a frantic, last-minute wave of aspiring travelers who wish to negotiate their way into the overstuffed pickups. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 But on Friday, after 10 days of frantic legal appeals and media reports here and in Israel, the agency agreed to conditionally release him while legal arguments against his removal are heard. Washington Post, "Attempted deportation of Palestinian man reveals tangled legal odyssey," 15 June 2019 After a frantic week for their families, Van Cuylenborg’s body was found down an embankment in rural Skagit County, north of Seattle. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Man on trial in killings arrested through genetic genealogy," 13 June 2019 There were just two days left before Rebecca’s spring fashion show and the frantic energy of last minute preparations was palpable. NBC News, "How Rebecca Minkoff went from 'essentially homeless' to leading fashion icon," 13 June 2019 An 8-year-old boy’s frantic 911 call to report that his mother was being strangled led to the arrest of the woman’s husband on a second-degree murder charge Monday night, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Karina Elwood,, "Boy, 8, called 911 to report mom being strangled. His stepfather now faces murder charge," 11 June 2019 Their experiences — the grim prognoses from doctors, the frantic internet research, the devastating statistics — might now become relics of medical history. Damian Garde, Scientific American, "Is $2.1 Million Too Much for a Drug? For Affected Parents, There Is No Debate," 4 June 2019 Morning brought frantic relatives to Pomona Lake needing answers. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Tornado sunk this Kansas cruise boat in 1978, killing 16. Owners hope it floats again.," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of frantic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for frantic

Middle English frenetik, frantik — more at frenetic

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English Language Learners Definition of frantic

: feeling or showing a lot of fear and worry
: having a lot of wild and hurried activity


fran·​tic | \ ˈfran-tik How to pronounce frantic (audio) \

Kids Definition of frantic

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

Other Words from frantic

frantically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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