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

Definition of frantic

1a 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

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Other Words from frantic

frantically \ ˈfran-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce frantically (audio) \ adverb
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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Unlike mornings, which can be frantic, there’s no need to rush at night. Baze Mpinja, Marie Claire, "Have Sensitive Skin? Do These 4 Things Before Bed," 8 Mar. 2019 When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. . Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Fiona Barton's 'The Suspect'," 4 Mar. 2019 Halloween candy isn’t that scary Every year around this season, there are frantic warnings about potentially dangerous candy. German Lopez, Vox, "The myth of poisoned Halloween candy," 31 Oct. 2018 Eddy’s aggressive approach to the material is understood, and echoed, by a frantic chorus of singing, dancing, uke-strumming denizens of the show’s central location, the Kit Kat Club. Christopher Arnott,, "A Coarse, Cacophonous, Compelling 'Cabaret' In New Haven," 26 June 2018 Yes, reported Buzzfeed on Thursday, giving rise to frantic Democratic calls for immediate impeachment proceedings. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “I Never Worked for Russia!”," 20 Jan. 2019 That was enough to halt the company’s frantic restructuring effort. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Who Killed Toys ‘R’ Us? Hint: It Wasn’t Only Amazon," 23 Aug. 2018 That led to a day and a night of frantic activity to arrange what all the companies would say in unison. The Washington Post,, "Engineer fired over memo sues Google, alleging bias against white men," 8 Jan. 2018 That led to a day and a night of frantic activity to arrange what all the companies would say in unison., "‘It Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of frantic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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